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 Dictionary entry overview: What does embolism mean? 

  The noun EMBOLISM has 2 senses:

1. an insertion into a calendar
2. occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus (a loose clot or air bubble or other particle)

  Familiarity information: EMBOLISM used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1embolism [BACK TO TOP]


An insertion into a calendar

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations


embolism; intercalation

Hypernyms ("embolism" is a kind of...):

interval; time interval (a definite length of time marked off by two instants)

Holonyms ("embolism" is a part of...):

calendar (a system of timekeeping that defines the beginning and length and divisions of the year)

Sense 2embolism [BACK TO TOP]


Occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus (a loose clot or air bubble or other particle)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("embolism" is a kind of...):

occlusion (closure or blockage (as of a blood vessel))

Meronyms (parts of "embolism"):

embolus (an abnormal particle (e.g. an air bubble or part of a clot) circulating in the blood)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "embolism"):

aeroembolism; air embolism; gas embolism (obstruction of the circulatory system caused by an air bubble as, e.g., accidentally during surgery or hypodermic injection or as a complication from scuba diving)

fat embolism (serious condition in which fat blocks an artery; fat can enter the blood stream after a long bone is fractured or if adipose tissue is injured or as a result of a fatty liver)

pulmonary embolism (blockage of the pulmonary artery by foreign matter or by a blood clot)

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