Definition of thromboembolism in US English:



  • Obstruction of a blood vessel by a blood clot that has become dislodged from another site in the circulation.

    mass noun ‘any condition that may predispose to thromboembolism’
    count noun ‘he developed myocarditis, which caused a thromboembolism’
    • ‘Pulmonary thromboembolism is a common complication in nephrotic patients.’
    • ‘Patients with cancer who develop a thromboembolism should be treated in a similar manner to patients without cancer.’
    • ‘Venous thromboembolism is an uncommon occurrence in pregnancy but can be fatal in some cases.’
    • ‘Venous thromboembolisms kill more than 25,000 people in the UK every year according to a report released by the Commons Health Committee earlier this month.’
    • ‘Systemic thromboembolism is a common complication of cardiac mural thrombosis.’