em·​bo·​li·​za·​tion ˌem-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce embolization (audio)
: 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 Surgical treatment options like uterine artery embolization or uterine fibroid embolization target the fibroids themselves by cutting off their blood supply. Macaela MacKenzie, Glamour, 17 July 2023 At that point, Ruiz said, embolization or surgery might be needed. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 3 Aug. 2023 Uterine artery embolization Other options for treating fibroids include surgical options like uterine artery embolization, which destroys fibroids by cutting off their blood supply. Macaela MacKenzie, Glamour, 18 July 2023 People can also choose other minimally invasive procedures such as uterine artery embolization to cut off blood flow to the fibroids, or undergo a hysteroscopic myomectomy or abdominal myomectomy to surgically remove the masses. Kayla Greaves, Allure, 17 July 2023 If fibroids are the cause of your heavy bleeding, your healthcare provider may recommend uterine artery embolization. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 11 Feb. 2023 The risk of fixing the aneurysm is much smaller than the risk of rupture, so it’s recommended to first fix the celiac compression, and then treat the aneurysm, usually by a coil embolization. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 17 Apr. 2021 There are many newer treatments, such as knee injections, TENS units, and knee embolization, that may offer some value before considering an aggressive surgery such as joint replacement. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 31 Jan. 2023 Uterine Artery Embolization Also called uterine fibroid embolization, this procedure deprives fibroids of their lifeblood—literally. Amanda Gardner, Health, 24 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of embolization was in 1942

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“Embolization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embolization. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or British embolisation
: 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
: 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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