aeroembolism: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (âr"ō-em'bu-liz"um), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. an obstruction of the circulatory system caused by air, as may arise during surgery.
  2. Also calledan 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.
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