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embolism

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Definition the traveling of a blood clot or air bubble or other particle that subsequently blocks a blood vessel

Informally, the blockage may be called an embolism, but more formally, the particle that does the blocking is an embolus and the traveling of the problem particle is called embolism.
  • A pulmonary embolism blocked blood flow.
  • The diver suffered an air embolism from surfacing too rapidly.
  • It was a retrograde embolism.
  • It is known that the common cause of death in the setting of multiple trauma, immobilization and dehydration is pulmonary embolism. This fits well with Jesus' condition and actually was in all likelihood the major cause of death of crucified victims.
    Benjamin Brenner
  • For did not Auschwitz effectively block the flow of that titanic love, like some fatal embolism in the bloodstream of mankind?
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • He died of a pulmonary embolism on January 3, 1967, at the age of fifty-five.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Fortunately he had a belt wrapped tightly around his upper arm cutting his circulation, or he would have been dead from an embolism.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • But of course I couldn't tell my dad that Mr. G had spent the night, or I know he'd have had an embolism.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • At first, they assumed she'd had an embolism of some sort, but they could find no evidence of it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • Eight weeks ago I was released from the hospital after suffering a pulmonary embolism.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • The first is an embolism.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • With the day's symptoms behind him, he'll warrant a 'natural causes' with a 'possible air embolism,' 'congestive lung failure,' or some damn thing behind it.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • His mother had died first, quite unexpectedly, while awaiting the birth of a second child, of an arterial blockage caused by phlebitis, an embolism, Dr. Heidekind had called it, triggering instantaneous cardiac paralysis—she had been sitting up in bed, laughing, and it looked as if she simply toppled over in a fit of laughter, whereas in fact she did it because she was dead.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • A pulmonary embolism can take your life in an instant.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • On the other hand, it could have been an embolism, because your blood clots much more easily when you are lying down for a long time, like when you are in hospital.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Maybe there was an air embolism ... " We entered the rear of the building, the nearest entrance, the water splashing softly behind us, a light breeze following us in.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion

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