throm·​bo·​em·​bo·​lism ˌthräm-bō-ˈem-bə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce thromboembolism (audio)
: the blocking of a blood vessel by a particle that has broken away from a blood clot at its site of formation
thromboembolic adjective

Examples of thromboembolism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Together, a deep vein clot and a pulmonary embolism are known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). Sadia Rafiquddin, STAT, 31 Aug. 2023 The Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner announced last week that Lewis died of pulmonary thromboembolism — a blood clot in the lungs. Christy Gutowski, Chicago Tribune, 9 Aug. 2023 According to the study, 15 diseases account for about half the misdiagnoses, and five diseases alone — stroke, sepsis, pneumonia, venous thromboembolism, and lung cancer — caused 300,000 serious harms, or almost 40% of the total, because clinicians failed to identify them in patients. Annalisa Merelli, STAT, 21 July 2023 Such individuals were at a nearly 28 times greater risk for venous thromboembolism, a nearly 22 times greater risk for heart failure, and a nearly 18 times greater risk for stroke, when compared to peers who hadn’t experienced COVID. Erin Prater, Fortune, 25 Oct. 2022 On June 21, the FDA approved Pradaxa, a blood thinner designed to treat venous thromboembolism in children between the ages of three and 12. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 Venous thromboembolism refers to any blood clots that start in a vein, according to the American Heart Association. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 According to a postmortem report by the coroner, the music manager suffered from a condition called pulmonary thromboembolism and deep leg vein thrombosis, another type of blood clot. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 17 Apr. 2019 The study, published Tuesday in the BMJ, also found an association between exposure to this form of pollution and the risk of hospitalization for Parkinson's disease, diabetes, thrombophlebitis and thromboembolism. Jen Christensen, CNN, 27 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thromboembolism was in 1895

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“Thromboembolism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


throm·​bo·​em·​bo·​lism ˌthräm-bō-ˈem-bə-ˌliz-əm How to pronounce thromboembolism (audio)
: the blocking of a blood vessel by a particle that has broken away from a blood clot at its site of formation

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