deep vein thrombosis
A potentially fatal condition in which one or more thrombi (or clot) form in the predominantly the leg or, more unusually, the arm. The clot may break free from the venous wall and travel via the circulatory system to the heart or to the lungs (causing a pulmonary embolism); this condition is often caused by keeping the legs bent for long periods but can also be caused by other medical problems.
Syn: deep venous thrombosis, deep-venous thrombosis, economy class syndrome
See Also: thrombosis, thrombus

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