Definition of Air embolism

1. Noun. 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.

Exact synonyms: Aeroembolism, Gas Embolism
Generic synonyms: Embolism



2. Noun. Pain resulting from rapid change in pressure.

Definition of Air embolism

1. Noun. (pathology) condition caused by bubbles of gas in a vascular system ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Air embolism

1. A serious condition that results when air (in the form of bubbles) invades the blood vessels causing disruption of normal blood flow. (06 Aug 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Air Embolism

air current
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air dose
air drainage
air drill
air drills
air du temps
air duct
air ducts
air embolism (current term)
air filter
air filters
air flow
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air freshener
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Literary usage of Air embolism

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1. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1910)
"FREDERIC A. BESLEY : I would like to ask Dr. Richter if there is any danger in suturing large veins from air embolism. DR. RICHTER: A number of years ago I ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1902)
"There are other cases of air embolism in man which were not disastrous. ... The results of my work and that of Senu seem to prove that air embolism in small ..."

3. Thyroid and thymus by André Crotti (1918)
"air embolism. One of the greatest dangers connected with injury of the venous trunks in goiter operations is air embolism. In ordinary conditions the ..."

4. The Practice of Obstetrics: Designed for the Use of Students and by James Clifton Edgar (1916)
"air embolism.—This accident, which may occur either during or after labor, ... Definition: air embolism is simply a form of pulmonary embol sm in which the ..."

5. Surgical After-treatment: A Manual of the Conduct of Surgical Convalescence by Le Roi Goddard Crandon, Albert Ehrenfried (1912)
"LV Lesser,1 working on animals, has found that after experimentally produced air embolism he can resuscitate the animal by injecting salt solution directly ..."

6. Surgery, Its Principles and Practice by William Williams Keen (1906)
"That there was still some doubt even in comparatively recent times as to whether air embolism could be regarded as a possible cause of sudden death, ..."

7. A Text-book of Pathology by Alfred Stengel (1906)
"Air-embolism.—Small quantities of air mav occasion no serious disturbances ; but when large quantities enter the veins the right heart is found full of ..."

8. A Manual of general pathology for students by Sidney Martin (1903)
"air embolism.—The presence of air in the circulating blood results during the ... The results of air embolism appear to be due, not so much to the quantity ..."

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