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

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

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Other Words from embolism

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

Examples of embolism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The virus, which put her in the hospital three more times over the next four months, caused a pulmonary embolism, a rapid heart rate, fatigue and hair loss. Bloomberg.com, "Covid ‘Long Haulers’ Ask Who Pays When Sickness Just Won’t End," 5 Oct. 2020 The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday that Romualdo-Rodriguez’s death has been ruled accidental — the result of an embolism caused by fat injected into her buttocks. David Ovalle, sun-sentinel.com, "Brazilian butt-lift surgery kills again in Miami, despite stricter medical regulation," 17 Sep. 2020 Williams suffered a pulmonary embolism while giving birth to Olympia. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Analysis: Serena Williams is no longer an unstoppable force, but her vulnerability makes her more appealing," 2 Sep. 2020 The dance word mourned the loss of Andrew Weatherall Aug. 28, after the pioneering and widely beloved U.K. DJ passed away from a pulmonary embolism at age 56. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Daniel Avery Releases a Track In Honor of the Late Andrew Weatherall: Listen," 1 Sep. 2020 Jerome Kersey died in 2015 from a pulmonary embolism at the age of 52. oregonlive, "‘He was a great teammate. I can’t say nothing but good things about Cliff.’ - Clyde Drexler on the versatile, intensely competitive and well-loved Cliff Robinson," 30 Aug. 2020 And then there’s the therapeutic, which is, OK, the guy was in the hospital, had a pulmonary embolism, and now he’s being sent home on a therapeutic dose. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio vascular expert explains how coronavirus, COVID-19, can cause blood clots and stroke, even in young people," 9 July 2020 Coronavirus patients who need hospital care have a propensity to develop blood clots that can lead to serious blockages, such as deep vein thrombosis, a pulmonary embolism and stroke. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio vascular expert explains how coronavirus, COVID-19, can cause blood clots and stroke, even in young people," 9 July 2020 Then the doctors had an insight: shortness of breath, chest pain and rapid heart rate are also signs of a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot that lodges in the arteries of the lungs. Monique Brouillette, Scientific American, "Hospitals Experiment with COVID-19 Treatments, Balancing Hope and Evidence," 29 June 2020

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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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18 Oct 2020

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“Embolism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embolism. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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

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