- the intercalation of a day, month, etc. into a calendar, as in leap year
- the time intercalated
- the obstruction of a blood vessel by an embolus too large to pass through it
- loosely an embolus
Origin of embolismMiddle English embolisme from Late Latin embolismus from Classical Greek embolismos, intercalary from embolos: see embolus
- Obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus.
- An embolus.
Origin of embolismMiddle English embolisme insertion of one or more days in a calendar from Late Latin embolismus from Greek embolismos from emballein to insert ; see emblem .
- (pathology) An obstruction or occlusion of an artery by an embolus, that is by a blood clot, air bubble or other matter that has been transported by the blood stream.
- The insertion or intercalation of days into the calendar in order to correct the error arising from the difference between the civil year and the solar year.
From Old French embolisme (“intercalation of days in a calendar to correct errors”), from Late Latin embolismus.