Drugs Information Online
Drugs and diseases reference index

Drugs and diseases reference index
Search
EN

Definition of «Embolus»

EmbolusEmbolusEmbolusEmbolus

Embolus: Something that travels through the bloodstream, lodges in a blood vessel and blocks it. Examples of emboli are a detached blood clot, a clump of bacteria, and foreign material such as air.

A pulmonary embolus is a blood clot that has been carried through the blood into the pulmonary artery (the main blood vessel from the heart to the lung) or one of its branches, plugging that vessel.

The word "embolus" comes from the Greek "embolos" meaning a wedge or plug. "Embolos" was derived from "en" (in) + "ballein" (to throw) so an embolus is something thrown in.

For More Information «Embolus»

Comment «Embolus»