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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

(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.

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.

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]