Obstruction of an artery, typically by a clot of blood or an air bubble.‘causes of cerebral embolism’
lump, clump, mass, curdling
- ‘one patient died of a pulmonary embolism’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘the insertion of an intercalary period in the calendar’): via late Latin from Greek embolismos, from emballein ‘insert’. The medical sense dates from the mid 19th century.