atheroma

noun ath·er·o·ma \ ˌa-thə-ˈrō-mə \

Definition of atheroma

plural atheromas also atheromata play \-mə-tə\
1 :an abnormal fatty deposit in an artery
2 dated :fatty degeneration of the inner coat of the arteries

atheromatous

play \-ˈrō-mə-təs\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of atheroma

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


Medical Dictionary

atheroma

noun ath·er·o·ma \ ˌath-ə-ˈrō-mə \

medical Definition of atheroma

plural atheromas also atheromata play \-mət-ə\
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 IsomThe New England Journal of Medicine10 Apr. 2003
2 dated :fatty degeneration of the inner coat of the arteries

atheromatous

play \-ˈrō-mət-əs\ adjective

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