atheroma

noun
ath·​er·​o·​ma | \ˌa-thə-ˈrō-mə \
plural atheromas also atheromata\-​mə-​tə \

Definition of atheroma 

1 : an abnormal fatty deposit in an artery

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

Other Words from atheroma

atheromatous \-​ˈrō-​mə-​təs \ adjective

First Known Use of atheroma

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for atheroma

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

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atheroma

noun
ath·​er·​o·​ma | \ˌath-ə-ˈrō-mə \
plural atheromas also atheromata\-​mət-​ə \

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

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

Other Words from atheroma

atheromatous \-​ˈrō-​mət-​əs \ adjective

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