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atherosclerosis

[ath-uh-roh-skluh-roh-sis, ath-] /ˌæθ ə roʊ skləˈroʊ sɪs, ˌæð-/
noun, Pathology
1.
a common form of arteriosclerosis in which fatty substances form a deposit of plaque on the inner lining of arterial walls.
Origin of atherosclerosis
1905-1910
1905-10; < German Atherosklerose; see athero-, sclerosis
Related forms
atherosclerotic
[ath-uh-roh-skluh-rot-ik, ath-] /ˌæθ ə roʊ skləˈrɒt ɪk, ˌæð-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
atherosclerotically, adverb
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Examples from the web for atherosclerosis
  • The atherosclerosis process begins with cholesterol and sphere-shaped bodies called lipoproteins that transport cholesterol.
  • The polyunsaturated fat didn't cause atherosclerosis.
  • No doubt there is a similar mechanism at work in atherosclerosis.
  • The risks for stroke secondary to carotid stenosis are the same as atherosclerosis.
  • atherosclerosis is a common disorder of the arteries.
  • atherosclerosis affects the arterial wall and, once present, will not disappear.
  • atherosclerosis could affect the valves of the heart as well as the arteries.
  • The risk of developing heart disease or atherosclerosis increases as the level of blood cholesterol increases.
  • atherosclerosis is a disease that affects medium to large arteries.
British Dictionary definitions for atherosclerosis

atherosclerosis

/ˌæθərəʊsklɪəˈrəʊsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
1.
a degenerative disease of the arteries characterized by patchy thickening of the inner lining of the arterial walls, caused by deposits of fatty material; a form of arteriosclerosis See atheroma
Derived Forms
atherosclerotic (ˌæθərəʊsklɪəˈrɒtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C20: from New Latin, from Greek athēra gruel (see atheroma) + sclerosis
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Word Origin and History for atherosclerosis
n.

1908, from atherosklerose, coined in German 1904; see atheroma + sclerosis.

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atherosclerosis in Medicine

atherosclerosis ath·er·o·scle·ro·sis (āth'ə-rō-sklə-rō'sĭs)
n.
A form of arteriosclerosis characterized by the deposition of atheromatous plaques containing cholesterol and lipids on the innermost layer of the walls of large and medium-sized arteries.


ath'er·o·scle·rot'ic (-rŏt'ĭk) adj.
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atherosclerosis in Science
atherosclerosis
  (āth'ə-rō-sklə-rō'sĭs)   

A form of arteriosclerosis characterized by the deposition of plaques containing cholesterol and lipids on the innermost layer of the walls of large- and medium-sized arteries. Individuals with atherosclerosis have a higher risk of coronary artery disease and stroke. Smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, and elevated levels of fat in the blood contribute to the development of atherosclerosis.
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atherosclerosis in Culture
atherosclerosis [(ath-uh-roh-skluh-roh-sis)]

A form of arteriosclerosis in which the arteries become clogged by the buildup of fatty substances, which eventually reduces the flow of blood to the tissues. These fatty substances, called plaque, are made up largely of cholesterol. (Compare arteriosclerosis; see circulatory system.)

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