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Definition of the noun air embolism

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  1. 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
  2. pain resulting from rapid change in pressure

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Google previewMarine Affairs Dictionary (2004)

Terms, Concepts, Laws, Court Cases, and International Conventions and Agreements by Niels West

AIR EMBOLISM: The most serious form of lung- expansion injury, an air embolism occurs when over pressurization in the lung causes a tear in the alveolar wall forcing tiny gas bubbles into the victim's bloodstream.

Google previewConcise Medical Dictionary (2015)

by Elizabeth Martin


Google previewConcise Colour Medical Dictionary (2010)

by Elizabeth A. Martin, Oxford University Press

air embolism an air bubble that obstructs the outflow of blood from the right ventricle of the heart through the lungs. Air may gain access to the circulation as a ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Women's Health (2009)

by Christine Ammer

An air bubble (air embolism) can enter the bloodstream in the course of an intravenous infusion or by exposure to increased air pressure, as in deep-sea diving. A fat embolus sometimes forms following the fracture of a large bone, such as the ...

Google previewBantam Medical Dictionary, Fifth Edition (2009)

by Laurence Urdang

See also air embolism. embollzatlon (therapeutic embollzation) /1. the introduction of elnbolic material to reduce or completely obstruct bloodEmergency Medical Service flow in such conditions as congenital arteriovenous malformations (see ...

Google previewMosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions - Australian & New Zealand Edition (2014)

by Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis

air embolism, the abnormal presence of air in the cardiovascular system, resulting in obstruction of blood flow . Air embolism may occur if a large quantity of air is inadvertently introduced by ...

Google previewTaber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (2013)

by Donald Venes, MD

Air embolism. coronary e. An embolus in one of the coronary arteries. It may be a complication of arteriosclerosis and may cause ...

Google previewA dictionary of treatment (1920)

including medical and surgical therapeutics by Sir William Whitla

Air Embolism occurs sometimes in surgical operations involving large veins about the base of the neck or axilla, and should always be prevented by clamping the vein on the proximal ...

Google previewThe Recreational Diver's Dictionary & Historical Timeline (2003)

by Scott Dowding

a term often used by technical divers when referring to a buoyancy compensator, air embolism—n. 1. a pressure related injury that can occur on ascent once ...

Google previewBlack's Student Medical Dictionary (2015)

by Harvey Marcovitch

Air Embolism A bubble of air in a blood vessel, thus blocking or reducing the flow of blood from the heart. Air may enter the circulation after injury, infusions into the venous circulation, or surgery. The victim suffers breathlessness, chest ...

Google previewe-Study Guide for: Lippincotts Visual Encyclopedia of Clinical Skills (2012)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Air embolism: An air embolism, is a pathological condition caused by gas ...

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary and Resource Directory of Environmental and Occupational Health, Second Edition (2004)

by Herman Koren

air embolism — See arterial gas embolism. air emission — The release or discharge of a pollutant into the ambient air. air entrapment — Intentional or ...

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Air embolism Meaning

Video shows what air embolism means. condition caused by bubbles of gas in a vascular system. air embolism synonyms: aeroembolism, gas embolism.

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