One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A blood clot formed in situ within the vascular system of the body and impeding blood flow.
lump, clump, mass, curdlingView synonyms
- ‘Thrombin forms clots and thrombi by removal of fibrinopeptides A and B from fibrinogen to form fibrin.’
- ‘Blood flow to the heart muscle may even stop if a thrombus, or clot, forms in a coronary vessel, which may cause a heart attack.’
- ‘The lung showed focal bronchopneumonia, multiple thrombi, and focal hemorrhagic infarcts.’
- ‘Blood clots, or thrombi, trigger most heart attacks and strokes.’
- ‘Mechanical valves are made with a combination of metals and sophisticated materials to ensure durability and a smooth surface to avoid blood clots, thrombi, forming.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek thrombos ‘lump, blood clot’.
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