air embolism(redirected from air embolus)
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(Medicine) the presence in the tissues and blood of a gas, such as air or nitrogen bubbles, caused by an injection of air or, in the case of nitrogen, by an abrupt and substantial reduction in the ambient pressure. See decompression sickness
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|Noun||1.||air embolism - obstruction of the circulatory system caused by an air bubble as, e.g., accidentally during surgery or hypodermic injection or as a complication from scuba diving|
embolism - occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus (a loose clot or air bubble or other particle)
|2.||air embolism - pain resulting from rapid change in pressure|