UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈɛmbəlɪzəm/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(embə liz′əm)

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em•bo•lism  (embə liz′əm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Pathologythe occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus.
  2. intercalation, as of a day in a year.
  3. a period of time intercalated.
  4. Religion(in a Eucharistic service) the prayer following the final petitions of the Lord's Prayer.
em′bo•lismic, adj. 
  • Late Greek embolismós, equivalent. to embol- (see embolus) + -ismos -ism
  • Medieval Latin embolismus intercalation
  • Middle English 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
embolism /ˈɛmbəˌlɪzəm/ n
  1. the occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus
Etymology: 14th Century: from Medieval Latin embolismus, from Late Greek embolismos intercalary; see embolus
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