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embolus

 [em´bo-lus] (pl. em´boli) (Gr.)
a clot or other plug, usually part or all of a thrombus, brought by the blood from another vessel and forced into a smaller one, thus obstructing circulation; see also embolism.
Embolus impacted at the site of branching of an artery. From Dorland's, 2000.
saddle embolus one situated at the bifurcation of a large artery, sometimes blocking both branches.

em·bo·lus

, pl.

em·bo·li

(em'bō-lŭs, -lī),
1. A plug, composed of a detached thrombus or vegetation, mass of bacteria, or other foreign body, occluding a vessel.
2. Synonym(s): emboliform nucleus
[G. embolos, a plug, wedge or stopper]

embolus

/em·bo·lus/ (em´bŏ-lus) pl. em´boli   [L.] a mass of clotted blood or other material brought by the blood from one vessel and forced into a smaller one, obstructing the circulation. See embolism.
fat embolus  one composed of oil or fat.
riding embolus , saddle embolus, straddling embolus one at the bifurcation of an artery, blocking both branches.

embolus

(ĕm′bə-ləs)
n. pl. embo·li (-lī′)
A mass, such as an air bubble, a detached blood clot, or a foreign body, that travels through the bloodstream and lodges so as to obstruct or occlude a blood vessel.

embolus

[em′bələs] pl. emboli
Etymology: Gk, embolos, plug
a foreign object, quantity of air or gas, bit of tissue or tumor, or piece of a thrombus that circulates in the bloodstream until it becomes lodged in a vessel. embolic, emboloid, adj.

em·bo·lus

, pl. emboli (em'bŏ-lŭs, -lī)
1. A plug, composed of a detached thrombus or vegetation, mass of bacteria, quantity of air or gas or foreign body, which occludes a vessel.
2. Synonym(s): emboliform nucleus.
[G. embolos, a plug, wedge or stopper]

embolus

Any material carried in the bloodstream to a point where it causes obstruction to the blood flow. Emboli are commonly blood clots but may consist of crystals of CHOLESTEROL from plaques of ATHEROMA in larger arteries, clumps of infected material, air or nitrogen, bone marrow, fat or tumour cells.

Embolus

An embolus (or emboli the plural form) is a blood clot that has detached from its site of origin and travels to the lungs (pulmonary artery), where it can rupture the artery, causing death.

embolus

plug of detached clot, bacteria or other foreign material that occludes a blood vessel

em·bo·lus

, pl. emboli (em'bō-lŭs, -lī)
1. A plug, composed of a detached thrombus or vegetation, mass of bacteria, quantity of air or gas or foreign body, which occludes a vessel.
2. Synonym(s): emboliform nucleus.
[G. embolos, a plug, wedge or stopper]

embolus (em´bəlus),

n a blood clot or other material that travels in the bloodstream and then lodges in a blood vessel and obstructs circulation.

embolus

pl. emboli [Gr.] a clot or other plug, usually part or all of a thrombus, brought by the blood from another vessel and forced into a smaller one, thus obstructing circulation. See also embolism.

fibrocartilaginous embolus
see fibrocartilaginous embolic myelopathy.
saddle embolus
one situated at the bifurcation of a large artery, usually the terminal aorta, blocking both branches. See also saddle thrombus.