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Definition of "thromboembolism" [thromboembolism]

  • The blocking of a blood vessel by a blood clot dislodged from its site of origin. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "thromboembolism" in a sentence
  • "Although previous studies have linked hypertensive disorders during pregnancy -- which occur in 5\% to 7\% of all pregnancies -- with risk of death, ischemic heart disease, and stroke, less is known about their relationship with other outcomes, such as thromboembolism and diabetes, according to Dr. Lykke."
  • "In one of the other studies, called Adopt, apixiban, an anticoagulant in the same class as rivaroxaban that is being developed by Pfizer Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb, failed to outperform an older drug called enoxaparin in preventing venous thromboembolism, or VTE, in patients who had extended hospital stays for other conditions."
  • "Xarelto is currently approved in the U.S. as a short-term treatment to prevent certain blood clots, known as venous thromboembolism, or VTE, in people undergoing knee- and hip-replacement surgery."