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[stent] /stɛnt/
Medicine/Medical. a small, expandable tube used for inserting in a blocked vessel or other part.
1960-65; origin uncertain
Can be confused
stent, stint. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stent
  • stent was giving directions in a clear, high-pitched voice.
  • He also came up with the heart stent that keeps our current vice president's ticker going.
  • The majority of these patients also have a drug-eluting stent put in at the time of the procedure.
  • Then a stent containing another balloon is inserted into the artery.
  • Garcia was revived before he was rushed to the hospital where a stent was put in.
  • The stent may be bare metal or it may be coated with a drug that slowly releases medication.
  • If little or no fluid has leaked, a stent may be placed in the esophagus.
  • Doctors there cleared a blood clot from a critical artery and propped it open with a stent.
  • Physicians usually insert a device called a stent to keep the artery open.
British Dictionary definitions for stent


(med) a tube of plastic or sprung metal mesh placed inside a hollow tube to reopen it or keep it open; uses in surgery include preventing a blood vessel from closing, esp after angioplasty, and assisting healing after an anastomosis
Word Origin
C19: after Charles Stent (1807–85), English dentist
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Word Origin and History for stent

"tube implanted temporarily," 1964, named for Charles T. Stent (1807-1885), English dentist.

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stent in Medicine

stent (stěnt)

  1. A device that is used to maintain a bodily orifice or cavity during skin grafting, or to immobilize a skin graft following placement.

  2. A slender thread, rod, or catheter placed within the lumen of tubular structures, such as a blood vessel, to provide support during or after anastomosis.

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