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embolism

em·bo·lism

embolism

 
 
pronunciation:
em b lih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition: in pathology, the obstruction or closure of a blood vessel by undissolved matter carried in the blood stream.
The blood clots in his lungs put him at risk of an embolism.
Word Parts
The word embolism contains the following parts:
en-2, em-2 Greek prefix that means in, into, inside
synonyms:
in-1, intro-
 
-ism1 Greek noun-forming suffix that means act, process, state, practice, or instance of
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The suffix -ism1 attaches to Greek roots to form nouns which usually have a corresponding verb ending in "-ize, -ise". See also -ism2.