block·​age | \ ˈblä-kij How to pronounce blockage (audio) \

Definition of blockage

: an act or instance of obstructing : the state of being blocked a blockage in a coronary artery

Examples of blockage in a Sentence

He had surgery to open up blockages in his arteries. trying to prevent blockage of the artery
Recent Examples on the Web There are literally dozens of possible root causes for constipation or bowel blockage in canines. Michael Pollick,, "The best dog laxative," 28 Feb. 2021 But patients were now arriving with no blockage or swelling, no trouble breathing, no notable symptoms, other than the sudden and mysterious disappearance of their ability to smell. New York Times, "What Can Covid-19 Teach Us About the Mysteries of Smell?," 28 Jan. 2021 Iranians just used VPNs, or virtual private networks, to circumvent the government blockage. Michael Schwirtz,, "Telegram, pro-democracy tool, struggles over new fans from far-right," 26 Jan. 2021 While the site blockage resembles mainland Chinese censorship at a quick glance, the methods differ sharply from China’s sophisticated system. New York Times, "A Hong Kong Website Gets Blocked, Raising Censorship Fears," 9 Jan. 2021 One of the most serious side effects of a COVID-19 infection is that blood clots can form, and sustained chest pain may indicate that a clot is causing a blockage or other serious danger in your arteries. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "How to Best Treat COVID-19 Symptoms at Home, According to Experts," 11 Jan. 2021 That suggested to experts that the blockage was deliberate. New York Times, "A Hong Kong Website Gets Blocked, Raising Censorship Fears," 9 Jan. 2021 Doctors quickly ran tests and discovered there was a blockage in the toddler’s brain, a possible neurological effect of COVID-19. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Missouri boy, 3, suffers coronavirus-linked stroke: ‘We thought we were going to lose him’," 26 Dec. 2020 After running a series of tests, doctors told Sara and her husband Tim Parris that their son had a blockage in his brain. Nicholas Rice,, "Missouri Boy, 3, Had a Stroke After Receiving a COVID-19 Diagnosis: 'No Other Case Like This'," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of blockage

1759, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blockage was in 1759

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4 Mar 2021

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“Blockage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blockage

: something that stops something (such as blood) from moving through something (such as a blood vessel)
: the state of being blocked


block·​age | \ ˈbläk-ij How to pronounce blockage (audio) \

Medical Definition of blockage

: the action of blocking or the state of being blocked: as
b : internal resistance to understanding a communicated idea, to learning new material, or to adopting a new mode of response because of existing habitual ways of thinking, perceiving, and acting — compare blocking



Legal Definition of blockage

: the condition of a large block of items of property (as shares of stock) that requires special valuation for purposes of estate and gift tax because the value of the items sold as a block differs from their value if sold individually

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