Obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus.(noun)
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Use "embolism" in a sentence
"Medical experts say the incidence of DVT followed by pulmonary embolism, which is fatal about 30% of the time, is increasing in the hospital."
"And so they said, when you have that, you can have a complication known as a pulmonary embolism, which is where a blood clot goes to the lungs and so the lungs can't work any more."
"And out of that, 300,000 will die from a the pulmonary embolism, which is essentially the clot traveling to the lungs."