atherosclerosis

noun
ath·​ero·​scle·​ro·​sis | \ ˌa-thə-ˌrō-sklə-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce atherosclerosis (audio) \

Definition of atherosclerosis

: an arteriosclerosis characterized by atheromatous deposits in and fibrosis of the inner layer of the arteries

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Other Words from atherosclerosis

atherosclerotic \ ˌa-​thə-​ˌrō-​sklə-​ˈrä-​tik How to pronounce atherosclerotic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of atherosclerosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An autopsy report concluded the man died of severe coronary artery atherosclerosis, according to the Sacramento Bee. Fox News, "Oxygen-dependent man dies 12 minutes after PG&E cuts power to his home," 12 Oct. 2019 Compared to men without symptoms of impotence, the analysis found men with ED have a 59% higher risk of coronary heart disease or atherosclerosis, a 37% higher risk of stroke and a 33% higher risk of dying from any cause. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Erectile dysfunction may predict strokes and heart attacks," 11 Sep. 2019 The procedure, known as percutaneous coronary intervention, can help to open blood vessels in patients with atherosclerosis. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Robot Helps Perform First Long-Distance Heart Surgery," 6 Sep. 2019 Ocasek died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, also known as atherosclerosis, which is a plaque build-up in the arteries and can cause hardening and/or narrowing in the heart muscle. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "The Cars Frontman Ric Ocasek's Cause of Death Revealed to Be Cardiovascular Disease," 16 Sep. 2019 The operation, called percutaneous coronary intervention, is often performed in patients who have a condition called atherosclerosis, where plaque builds up in the blood vessels, restricting blood flow. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Robot Helps Perform First Long-Distance Heart Surgery," 6 Sep. 2019 The others largely tend to be due to atherosclerosis. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "Meet SCAD, a Major Cause of Heart Attacks in Women 50 and Under," 22 Aug. 2019 However, in 15% of cardiovascular events caused by atherosclerosis, none of these risk factors is at hand. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Evolution may be why humans are prone to heart attacks, study says," 22 July 2019 Over time, inflammation can cause plaque to collect in blood vessels, a condition known as atherosclerosis that can lead to heart attack or stroke. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "Vaping May Harm Your Blood Flow—Even Without Nicotine," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of atherosclerosis

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for atherosclerosis

New Latin

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of atherosclerosis was in 1910

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atherosclerosis

noun
ath·​ero·​scle·​ro·​sis | \ ˌath-ə-rō-sklə-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce atherosclerosis (audio) \
plural atheroscleroses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce atheroscleroses (audio) \

Medical Definition of atherosclerosis

: an arteriosclerosis characterized by atheromatous deposits in and fibrosis of the inner layer of the arteries

Other Words from atherosclerosis

atherosclerotic \ -​sklə-​ˈrät-​ik How to pronounce atherosclerotic (audio) \ adjective
atherosclerotically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce atherosclerotically (audio) \ adverb

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