embolization

noun
em·​bo·​li·​za·​tion | \ ˌem-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce embolization (audio) \

Definition of embolization

: the process or state in which a blood vessel or organ is obstructed by the lodgment of a material mass (such as an embolus)

Examples of embolization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Uterine artery embolization, for instance, can block blood supply to the fibroids by injecting tiny plastic pellets into the vessels that supply blood to the fibroid. Hilda Hutcherson, New York Times, "Uterine Fibroids Can Wreak Reproductive Havoc. What Are They?," 17 Apr. 2020 Doctors not involved in the first lady’s care said embolization is commonly used to remove a type of noncancerous kidney tumor called an angiomylipoma. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says first lady had four-hour procedure," 8 June 2018 There’s a variety of things an embolization can be used for. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Melania Trump Underwent a 'Successful' Kidney Embolization: What to Know About the Procedure," 14 May 2018 Many times, embolization patients go home the same day or the next. Washington Post, "Trump welcomes wife home in tweet that misspells her name," 19 May 2018 Doctors do that with an embolization, meaning a catheter is snaked into the blood vessels of the kidney to find the right one and block it. Washington Post, "Melania Trump expected to remain hospitalized through week," 15 May 2018 Many times, embolization patients go home the same day or the next. Washington Post, "Trump welcomes wife home in tweet that misspells her name," 19 May 2018 Many times, embolization patients go home the same day or the next. Darlene Superville, BostonGlobe.com, "Melania Trump hospitalized after medical procedure to treat kidney condition," 14 May 2018 When Bowerman arrived at Houston Methodist Hospital, Britz treated her with a coil embolization, which involves placing soft metal coils in the artery at the site of the rupture to stop the bleeding. Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston Chronicle, "Women at higher risk for brain aneurysms," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of embolization

1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Embolization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embolization. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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embolization

noun
em·​bo·​li·​za·​tion
variants: or British embolisation \ ˌem-​bə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce embolisation (audio) \

Medical Definition of embolization

1 : the process by which or state in which a blood vessel or organ is obstructed by the lodgment of a material mass (as an embolus) pulmonary embolization embolization of a thrombus
2 : an operation in which pellets are introduced into the circulatory system in order to induce embolization in specific abnormal blood vessels

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