atheroma

noun

ath·​er·​o·​ma ˌa-thə-ˈrō-mə How to pronounce atheroma (audio)
plural atheromas also atheromata ˌa-thə-ˈrō-mə-tə How to pronounce atheroma (audio)
1
: an abnormal fatty deposit in an artery
2
dated : fatty degeneration of the inner coat of the arteries
atheromatous adjective

Examples of atheroma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His cause of death was determined as lethal cardiac arrhythmia via severe coronary atheroma and cardiomegaly. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of atheroma was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Atheroma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atheroma. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

atheroma

noun
ath·​er·​o·​ma ˌath-ə-ˈrō-mə How to pronounce atheroma (audio)
plural atheromas also atheromata -mət-ə How to pronounce atheroma (audio)
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
2
dated : fatty degeneration of the inner coat of the arteries
atheromatous adjective

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