Origin and Etymology of atheroma
New Latin atheromat-, atheroma, from Latin, a tumor containing matter resembling gruel, from Greek athērōma, from athēra gruel
First Known Use: 1875
Medical Definition of atheroma
1: an abnormal fatty deposit in an artery <Patients with large (>5 mm) or mobile aortic atheromas have an increase in the rate of perioperative stroke by a factor of 5 to 10 and are likely to have a significantly increased long-term risk of stroke.—Mary E. Charlson and O. Wayne Isom, The New England Journal of Medicine, 10 Apr. 2003>
2dated : fatty degeneration of the inner coat of the arteries
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