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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Excavators were brought in to remove some of the ice to help clear the blockage. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Watch: Ice jam in Pennsylvania makes creek flow backward," 24 Jan. 2018 Sabathia allowed a hit and no other baserunners in his first start since having a stent inserted after blockage was found in an artery from his heart in December. Jake Seiner, The Seattle Times, "Sabathia cruises in return from angioplasty, Yanks 1-hit CHW," 13 Apr. 2019 The screen also reminds you when to clean your filters, if there are any blockages- using a pressure sensor in the motor, and how to clear said blockages using a quick clip on the screen. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "Dyson’s New V11 Torque Drive Stick Vacuum Has Features That Will Blow You Away," 20 Mar. 2019 My blockages were made of mostly calcium, not cholesterol, and that was due to DNA: My father also had calcium buildup which caused him to have a heart attack at 49. Susan Lucci As Told To Tiffany Blackstone, Woman's Day, "Susan Lucci Shares All About the Heart Scare That Sent Her to the ER," 6 Feb. 2019 If at-home methods don’t help your earwax blockage, consult a doctor. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Do If You Have an Earwax Blockage," 29 Jan. 2019 Ice blockages are common in the portion of the river during harsh winter conditions, said Petty Officer Justi Ciarrone of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit. Bob Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Ice blockage prompts flood warning for parts of St. Clair, Macomb counties," 4 Jan. 2018 Your eyes could also be tearing up from pink eye, a problem with your cornea, or a blockage in the drainage system for your tears, Dr. Maszczak says. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Signs You’re Way Overdue for an Eye Exam," 25 Oct. 2018 Some types of tubal blockage can affect implantation even after an embryo transfer via IVF and may require surgery, adds Dr. Styer. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Why Can't I Get Pregnant?," 1 Oct. 2018

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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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