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[em-buh-liz-uh m] /ˈɛm bəˌlɪz əm/

Pathology. the occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus.
intercalation, as of a day in a year.
a period of time intercalated.
(in a Eucharistic service) the prayer following the final petitions of the Lord’s Prayer.
the occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus
(botany) the blocking of a xylem vessel by an air bubble
the insertion of one or more days into a calendar, esp the Jewish calendar; intercalation
(RC Church) a prayer inserted in the canon of the Mass between the Lord’s Prayer and the breaking of the bread
another name (not in technical use) for embolus

late 14c., “intercalation of days into a calendar,” from Old French embolisme, from Late Latin embolismus “insertion of days in a calendar to correct errors,” from Greek embolimos, embolme “insertion,” or embolos “a plug, wedge” (see embolus). Medical sense of “obstruction of a blood vessel” is first recorded in English 1855.

embolism em·bo·lism (ěm’bə-lĭz’əm)


An obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by an air bubble, a detached blood clot, or a foreign body.


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