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embolism


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Embolism  \Em"bo*lism\,  n.  [L.  embolismus  from  Gr  ?  to  throw  or 
  put  in  insert;  cf  ?  intercalated:  cf  F.  embolisme.  See 
  {Emblem}.] 
  1.  Intercalation;  the  insertion  of  days,  months,  or  years,  in 
  an  account  of  time,  to  produce  regularity;  as  the 
  embolism  of  a  lunar  month  in  the  Greek  year. 
 
  2.  Intercalated  time.  --Johnson. 
 
  3.  (Med.)  The  occlusion  of  a  blood  vessel  by  an  embolus. 
  Embolism  in  the  brain  often  produces  sudden 
  unconsciousness  and  paralysis. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  embolism 
  n  1:  an  insertion  into  a  calendar  [syn:  {intercalation}] 
  2:  occlusion  of  a  blood  vessel  by  an  embolus  (a  loose  clot  or 
  air  bubble  or  other  particle) 




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