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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In December 2017, Beanie and Jonah's brother, Jordan Feldstein, passed away at 40 after suffering a pulmonary embolism. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "10 Reasons You Will Be Obsessed With Beanie Feldstein If You Aren't Already," 7 May 2019 Several birth complications led to the tennis star suffering from a pulmonary embolism, and having to undergo multiple surgeries as a result. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Serena Williams' Daughter Couldn't Stop Clapping at Her Mom's Latest Tennis Match," 29 Dec. 2018 For instance, a pulmonary embolism, or when blood supply to a lung gets blocked by a blood clot, can cause chest pain, according to the Mayo Clinic. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Is Your Chest Pain Physical or Mental?," 14 Nov. 2018 After delivering Alexis via an emergency cesarean section, Williams experienced a pulmonary embolism, the coughing from which caused her c-section wound to open. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Serena Williams Reveals Her First Thought After Learning She Was Pregnant: 'How Am I Going to Play?'," 27 Mar. 2018 Doctors at Baylor Medical Center diagnosed her with anoxic brain damage and an acute embolism. Amanda Watts, CNN, "American Airlines sued after bride returning from honeymoon has medical emergency on flight and later dies," 27 Apr. 2018 In Feldstein’s case the autopsy showed pneumonia, leg deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism. Sandy Bauers, Philly.com, "5 Questions: Lessons from the early death of Maroon 5 manager Jordan Feldstein," 6 Apr. 2018 There was some serious backlash against the Pill in 1970, based on concerns about safety and serious side effects, like embolisms and heart attacks. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 Following the baby’s delivery, Williams had a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma, which led to her having multiple surgeries. Cady Lang, Time, "Serena Williams on Heading to the Wimbledon Final: 'It's Not Inevitable For Me to Be Playing Like This'," 12 July 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 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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