arteriosclerosis

arteriosclerosis

[ahr-teer-ee-oh-skluh-roh-sis]
noun
degenerative changes in the arteries, characterized by thickening of the vessel walls and accumulation of calcium with consequent loss of elasticity and lessened blood flow.
Compare atherosclerosis.


Origin:
1885–90; < Neo-Latin. See arterio-, sclerosis

arteriosclerotic [ahr-teer-ee-oh-skluh-rot-ik] , adjective
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arteriosclerosis (ɑːˌtɪərɪəʊsklɪəˈrəʊsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
Nontechnical name: hardening of the arteries a pathological condition of the circulatory system characterized by thickening and loss of elasticity of the arterial walls
 
arteriosclerotic
 
adj

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arteriosclerosis
"hardening of the arteries," 1886, Mod.L., from arterio-, comb. form of arterial, + sclerosis.
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arteriosclerosis ar·te·ri·o·scle·ro·sis (är-tēr'ē-ō-sklə-rō'sĭs)
n.
Any of a group of chronic diseases in which thickening, hardening, and loss of elasticity of the arterial walls result in impaired blood circulation. Also called arterial sclerosis.


ar·te'ri·o·scle·rot'ic (-rŏt'ĭk) adj.
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arteriosclerosis   (är-tîr'ē-ō-sklə-rō'sĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
A thickening, hardening, and loss of elasticity of the arterial walls that results in impaired blood circulation. See also atherosclerosis.
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arteriosclerosis [(ahr-teer-ee-oh-skluh-roh-sis)]

A disease commonly called hardening of the arteries. In arteriosclerosis, the walls of the arteries thicken and harden. The loss of flexibility results in a lessening of the flow of blood to the various organs of the body. (Compare atherosclerosis; see circulatory system.)

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