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 Among patients having uterine fibroid embolization, studies show a 13% rate of a repeat procedure after year and 32% at five years, according to Cleveland Clinic. Sarah Bradley, Health.com, 14 Oct. 2021 These include: Uterine embolization, a procedure that involves cutting off the blood supply to the uterus to stop the growth of fibroids. Sarah Bradley, Health.com, 14 Oct. 2021 The administration did not elaborate on the condition or the operation, described as an embolization procedure. Maggie Fox, Jamie Gumbrecht And Jen Christensen, CNN, 2 Oct. 2020 In 2015, Mutare had another miscarriage, forcing her to consider a fibroid embolization, a noninvasive procedure used to shrink fibroid tumors. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, 31 July 2020 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, 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, 8 June 2018 There’s a variety of things an embolization can be used for. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 14 May 2018 Many times, embolization patients go home the same day or the next. Washington Post, 19 May 2018 See More

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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 24 May. 2022.

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variants: or British embolisation \ ˌem-​bə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce embolization (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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