- noun1. 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• Hypernyms: ↑embolism2. pain resulting from rapid change in pressure
* * *\\| ̷ ̷( ̷ ̷) ̷ ̷-\ nounEtymology: aer- + embolism1. : a gaseous embolism2. : a condition equivalent to caisson disease caused by rapid ascent to high altitudes and resulting exposure to rapidly lowered air pressure — called also air bends
* * */air'oh em"beuh liz'euhm/, n. Pathol.1. an obstruction of the circulatory system caused by air, as may arise during surgery.2. Also called the bends, caisson disease, decompression sickness. an acute condition caused by a rapid substantial decrease in atmospheric pressure, as in high-altitude flying and coming up from deep-sea diving, characterized by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood, severe pain in the lungs and joints, and neurological impairment.[1935-40; AERO- + EMBOLISM]
* * *aeroemˈbolism nounAn airman's condition similar to caisson disease, caused by rapid ascent to high altitudes• • •Main Entry: ↑aero-
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