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 He was cleared for transfer by doctors who had to clear a heart blockage, Weinstein's publicist Juda Englemayer confirmed to NBC News. NBC News, "Harvey Weinstein at Rikers Island after undergoing medical procedure for heart," 25 Feb. 2020 The procedures involve using X-rays to visualize where the blockages are. William Thornton |, al, "New Rampart device, invented in Alabama, offers radiation protection," 3 Nov. 2019 Men undergo a semen analysis and exams to rule out blockages in the ducts that transport sperm and fluids. Jyoti Madhusoodanan, New York Times, "When to See a Fertility Specialist," 17 Apr. 2020 His research focuses on cardiovascular health, especially a condition known as ischemia — blockages in arteries and other blood vessels, a problem that can lead to strokes and death. Los Angeles Times, "In Oaxaca, this scientist is a hometown boy made good. The U.S. says he’s a Russian spy," 10 Apr. 2020 Open-heart surgery was long considered the only way to restore blood flow limited by a blockage in a coronary artery. Jonathan P. Gertler, STAT, "Why medtech is a different beast than biotech in the life sciences pack," 13 Feb. 2020 Extra bases Larry Lucchino, who underwent surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to remove a cancerous blockage in the kidney area in December, was back at work this past week. Peter Abraham,, "Recapping baseball’s week of scandal," 18 Jan. 2020 Antoskiewicz said one problem has been that a sanitary maintenance crew might respond to a sewer blockage, for example, only to find that a storm sewer is causing the trouble. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "North Royalton reorganizes stormwater division as NEORSD works on four projects in town," 14 Apr. 2020 But when Luke Kornet opted to have surgery Monday to remove sinus blockage, that cleared a path for Gafford to finally get extended minutes. Phil Thompson,, "Bulls score 2 points in the final 6 minutes to lose 115-101 to the Bucks. Rookie Daniel Gafford provides a bright spot.," 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of blockage

1759, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2020

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“Blockage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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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