Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to air embolus: pulmonary embolism
air embolismThe presence of gas in blood vessels, which is most significant in the coronary and cerebral arteries. An estimated 100 cc of gas (air) may suffice to cause death, as it blocks blood flow, not unlike a vapour lock in a hydraulic system. To document AE at autopsy, the organ must be opened underwater to detect bubbling.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
air embolusAir embolism The presence of gas in blood vessels, which can cause an interrruption of normal blood flow; AE is of greatest importance in the coronary and cerebral arteries. See Embolism.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
embolus(em'bo-lus) plural.emboli [Gr. embolos, stopper]
A mass of undissolved matter present in a blood or lymphatic vessel and brought there by the blood or lymph. Emboli may be solid, liquid, or gaseous. Occlusion of vessels from emboli usually results in the development of infarcts. See: thrombosis; thrombus
air embolusAir embolism.
An embolus in one of the coronary arteries. It may be a complication of arteriosclerosis and may cause angina pectoris.
An embolus in the pulmonary artery or one of its branches.See: pulmonary embolism
Medical Dictionary, © 2009 Farlex and Partners