em·bo·lism | \ ˈem-bə-ˌli-zəm \

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 \ adjective

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Her cause of death was listed as acute massive pulmonary embolism and cardiogenic shock, the lawsuit states. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Family suing American Airlines over death of 25-year-old woman," 26 Apr. 2018 Intense coughing spells sparked by the pulmonary embolism would cause her c-section wounds to pop open, leading to a return to the operating room. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Serena Williams Had Emergency C-Section and Health Complications After Daughter's Birth," 10 Jan. 2018 After undergoing an emergency C-section, Williams suffered a pulmonary embolism that led to various complications that slowed her recovery. Sam Farmer, courant.com, "Humble Kerber Ends Serena's Comeback Trail In Wimbledon Final," 14 July 2018 Pulmonary embolisms usually cause symptoms like shortness of breath, a cough, and chest pain. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Causes of That Random Chest Pain," 26 Apr. 2018 But there are scenes of raw emotional power: above all, the moment when Williams has finally left the hospital after being treated for a pulmonary embolism and other blood-clotting issues in the harrowing days after delivery. New York Times, "Starring Serena Williams as Herself," 27 Apr. 2018 Brittany Oswell, 25, of Lexington, S.C., suffered a pulmonary embolism and cardiac arrest during a flight in April 2016 from Hawaii to South Carolina, with a connection in Dallas, according to the case filed in U.S. District Court. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "'She stepped into her coffin': Relatives of passenger who died on flight sue American Airlines," 27 Apr. 2018 Wettstein’s study found that exposure to wildfire smoke correlates with more hospital visits for coronary heart disease, irregular heart rhythm, heart failure, pulmonary embolism and stroke. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "California wildfires linked to heart problems, study shows," 11 Apr. 2018 Thomas Czyz, my grandfather, had died of a heart embolism two months before my father turned 3. Longreads, "The Cold War and its Fallout," 16 June 2018

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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 \

Medical Definition of embolism 

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

2 : embolus

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