em·​bol·​ic em-ˈbä-lik How to pronounce embolic (audio) im- How to pronounce embolic (audio)
: of or relating to an embolus or embolism

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web TIAs can be thrombotic or embolic, arising from clots formed in a brain artery diseased with atherosclerotic plaque, or from clots traveling to the brain from the heart or arteries upstream. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, 1 Oct. 2015 Using a micro-catheter, Dr. Monica Pearl and her team go through the femoral artery in the thigh up to the blood vessels in the brain, and carefully put liquid embolic agents, a type of surgical glue, to block blood flow and force the tissue to die. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 25 Oct. 2019 Doctors would later diagnose him with an embolic stroke, and further tests revealed a mass near the top of his chest. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, 15 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of embolic was in 1866

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“Embolic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embolic. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


em·​bol·​ic em-ˈbäl-ik How to pronounce embolic (audio) im- How to pronounce embolic (audio)
: of or relating to an embolus or embolism
embolic occlusion of a middle cerebral artery with cholesterol materialD. R. Gress & J. H. Eichhorn
: of, relating to, or produced by emboly
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