cerebrovascular accident

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cerebrovascular accident

n. Abbr. CVA
See stroke1.

cerebrovascular accident

or

cerebral vascular accident

n
(Pathology) a sudden interruption of the blood supply to the brain caused by rupture of an artery in the brain (cerebral haemorrhage) or the blocking of a blood vessel, as by a clot of blood (cerebral occlusion). See apoplexy, stroke4
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Noun1.cerebrovascular accident - a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the braincerebrovascular accident - a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain
attack - a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; "an attack of diarrhea"
ischaemic stroke, ischemic stroke - the most common kind of stroke; caused by an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain (as from a clot blocking a blood vessel)
haemorrhagic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke - stroke caused by the rupture of a blood vessel in the brain
cerebral hemorrhage - bleeding from a ruptured blood vessel in the brain