One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Embolism caused by a bubble of air (or other gas) in the bloodstream; an instance of this.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. From air + embolism, after German Luftembolie and French embolie aérienne.
air embolism/ˌɛːr ˈɛmbəlɪz(ə)m/
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