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endarterectomy

[en-dahr-tuh-rek-tuh-mee] /ɛnˌdɑr təˈrɛk tə mi/
noun, plural endarterectomies.
1.
the surgical stripping of a fat-encrusted, thickened arterial lining so as to open or widen the artery for improved blood circulation.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; endarter(ium) + -ectomy
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  • Carotid endarterectomy is generally not recommended for patients with acute stroke.
endarterectomy in Medicine

endarterectomy end·ar·ter·ec·to·my (ěn'där-tə-rěk'tə-mē)
n.
Excision of the inner lining of an artery that is clogged with atherosclerotic buildup.

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