arteriosclerosis

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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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