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angioplasty

[an-jee-uh-plas-tee] /ˈæn dʒi əˌplæs ti/
noun, plural angioplasties. Surgery
1.
the repair of a blood vessel, as by inserting a balloon-tipped catheter to unclog it or by replacing part of the vessel with either a piece of the patient's own tissue or a prosthetic device:
coronary angioplasty to widen an artery blocked by plaque.
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Examples from the web for angioplasty
  • The other is a procedure called carotid angioplasty with stent placement.
  • angioplasty can help reduce the frequency of angina attacks.
  • angioplasty is a procedure to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels that supply blood to the heart.
  • Additional therapy, such as cardiac catheterization or angioplasty, may be needed.
  • Sometimes, balloon angioplasty may be done instead of surgery, but it has a higher rate of failure.
British Dictionary definitions for angioplasty

angioplasty

/ˈændʒɪəˌplæstɪ/
noun
1.
a surgical technique for restoring normal blood flow through an artery narrowed or blocked by atherosclerosis, either by inserting a balloon into the narrowed section and inflating it or by using a laser beam
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Word Origin and History for angioplasty
n.

by 1976, from angio- + -plasty.

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angioplasty in Medicine

angioplasty an·gi·o·plas·ty (ān'jē-ə-plās'tē)
n.

  1. Surgical reconstruction of a blood vessel.

  2. Balloon angioplasty.

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angioplasty in Science
angioplasty
  (ān'jē-ə-plās'tē)   

The surgical repair of a blood vessel, such as an obstructed coronary artery, usually by inflating a small balloon at the end of a catheter.
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angioplasty in Culture
angioplasty [(an-jee-uh-plas-tee)]

A surgical technique in which a catheter containing a small balloon is inserted into arteries around the heart. The balloon is inflated to compress deposits of fatty substances blocking the artery, thereby restoring the flow of blood.

Note: Also called balloon therapy.
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