em·​bo·​lism | \ ˈem-bə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce embolism (audio) \

Definition of embolism

1 : the insertion of one or more days in a calendar : intercalation
2a : the sudden obstruction of a blood vessel by an embolus
b : embolus

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embolismic \ ˌem-​bə-​ˈliz-​mik How to pronounce embolismic (audio) \ adjective

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This was back in the late spring, after Okung suffered a pulmonary embolism that has him sidelined indefinitely. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers confident Trent Scott can tackle job of protecting Philip Rivers’ blind side," 6 Sep. 2019 Chargers left tackle Russell Okung suffered a Pulmonary embolism because of blood clots in June. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "David Andrews is latest NFL offensive lineman dealing with blood clot issue," 26 Aug. 2019 Pulmonary embolisms can be life-threatening, but treatment can greatly reduce the risk of death. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s what blood clots in the lungs can do, according to the Mayo Clinic," 27 Aug. 2019 Pulmonary embolism is a disease that can affect healthy people. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Patriots’ David Andrews seems likely to miss season after blood clot scare," 27 Aug. 2019 On offense, left tackle Russell Okung's pulmonary embolism leaves Trent Scott as Philip Rivers' primary blindside protector, and the 2018 undrafted free agent has struggled. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL preseason winners, losers: Patriots reload, while Colts, Chargers take hits," 23 Aug. 2019 Veteran left tackle Russell Okung could miss significant time early on after a pulmonary embolism June 1. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "With or Without Melvin Gordon, the Chargers' Offense Will Continue to Roll," 21 Aug. 2019 Left tackle Russell Okung is sidelined indefinitely since developing a pulmonary embolism in June. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Derwin James will have foot surgery and miss several Chargers games," 17 Aug. 2019 Scott is filling in for Russell Okung, who suffered a pulmonary embolism in June. Los Angeles Times, "Chargers’ Drue Tranquill inspired by Pat Tillman and pays tribute," 10 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of embolism

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for embolism

Middle English embolisme, from Medieval Latin embolismus, from Greek embol- (from emballein to insert, intercalate) — more at emblem

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em·​bo·​lism | \ ˈem-bə-ˌliz-əm How to pronounce embolism (audio) \

Medical Definition of embolism

1 : the sudden obstruction of a blood vessel by an embolus
2 : embolus

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