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atheroma

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noun, ath·er·o·ma \ˌa-thə-ˈrō-mə\

Definition of atheroma

plural atheromas also atheromataplay \-mə-tə\

  1. 1 :  fatty degeneration of the inner coat of the arteries

  2. 2 :  an abnormal fatty deposit in an artery

atheromatous play \-ˈrō-mə-təs\ adjective


Origin of atheroma

New Latin atheromat-, atheroma, from Latin, a tumor containing matter resembling gruel, from Greek athērōma, from athēra gruel


First Known Use: 1875


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atheroma

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noun ath·er·o·ma \ˌath-ə-ˈrō-mə\

Medical Definition of atheroma

plural atheromas also atheromata \-mət-ə\play

  1. 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>

  2. 2dated :  fatty degeneration of the inner coat of the arteries

atheromatous \-ˈrō-mət-əs\play adjective



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