blockage

noun
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

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Days before his comment, PEOPLE confirmed Beth had been hospitalized in Los Angeles for emergency surgery to clear a throat blockage that was obstructing her airways. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Dog the Bounty Hunter Star Beth Chapman's Funeral Will Be Streamed Live," 10 July 2019 Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. Drew Reeder/share, Cincinnati.com, "Fire department earns fifth consecutive AHA award for cardiac care," 1 July 2019 At 6 feet, 6 inches and 330 pounds, he was hospitalized for his high blood pressure and a 90% heart blockage. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Why magician Penn Jillette fasts 23 hours a day to maintain his 100-pound weight loss," 16 June 2019 At 6 feet, 6 inches and 330 pounds, he was hospitalized for his high blood pressure and a 90% heart blockage. Roy M. Wallack, latimes.com, "Why magician Penn Jillette fasts 23 hours a day to maintain his 100-pound weight loss," 15 June 2019 Below our gleaming, modern metropolis, the city’s dirty secrets lurk, until a blockage ruptures the illusion, forcing Londoners to confront their Dorian Gray-like reflection in a lump of congealed fat and sanitary products. Nicola Twilley, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Fatbergs," 27 Mar. 2018 Doctors there found him in the midst of a deadly heart attack, with blockages in a main artery on the heart and two others. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Heart Attack at 49—America’s Biggest Killer Makes a Deadly Comeback," 21 June 2019 But history suggests that those who really want to bypass online blockages will find a way. David Meyer, Fortune, "Russia's Latest Internet Crackdown Targets Tools for Avoiding Online Censorship," 7 June 2019 These can be signs of intestinal obstruction, which happens when some sort of blockage is keeping food or fluids from passing through your digestive system, says Dr. Marion. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "How to Know If Your Abdominal Pain Is Physical or Mental," 16 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of blockage

1759, in the meaning defined above

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blockage

noun

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

blockage

noun
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

blockage

noun
block·​age

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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