pulmonary embolism

noun

Medical Definition of pulmonary embolism

: obstruction of a pulmonary artery or one of its branches that is usually produced by a blood clot which has originated in a vein of the leg or pelvis and traveled to the lungs and that is marked by labored breathing, chest pain, fainting, rapid heart rate, cyanosis, shock, and sometimes death … whether physical activity during flight is protective against pulmonary embolism remains to be demonstrated.— Frederic Lapostolle et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association abbreviation PE

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“Pulmonary embolism.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/pulmonary%20embolism. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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