atherosclerosis

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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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