embolus

noun em·bo·lus \ ˈem-bə-ləs \

Definition of embolus

plural emboli play \ˈem-bə-ˌlī\
:an abnormal particle (such as an air bubble) circulating in the blood — compare thrombus

Origin and Etymology of embolus

New Latin, from Greek embolos wedge-shaped object, stopper, from emballein


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embolus

noun em·bo·lus \ ˈem-bə-ləs \

medical Definition of embolus

plural emboli play \-ˌlī\
:an abnormal particle (as an air bubble) circulating in the blood — compare thrombus

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