atherosclerosis

noun
ath·ero·scle·ro·sis | \ˌa-thə-ˌrō-sklə-ˈrō-səs \

Definition of atherosclerosis 

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

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atherosclerotic \-sklə-ˈrä-tik \ adjective

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But this study is the first to find that breakfast has an impact on your risk of early-stage atherosclerosis (hardening or narrowing of the arteries caused by plaque buildup). Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Skipping or skimping on breakfast may increase risk of heart trouble," 15 Jan. 2018 Previous studies have linked similar risk factors responsible for contributing to heart disease to erectile dysfunction as well, including obesity, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol lack of physical activity and smoking. Alice Park, Time, "Men With Erectile Dysfunction Are Twice As Likely to Have Heart Disease, Study Says," 11 June 2018 Overwhelmingly, inflammation has moved to the forefront as promoting atherosclerosis and heart disease. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "The high-fat keto diet isn't the worst for you, it's definitely not great either," 3 May 2018 Regression of atherosclerosis is maximized when all three are used together. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "Can Lifestyle Changes Remove Plaques in Your Arteries?," 18 May 2018 In turn, the amount of calcium detected serves to reflect the degree of advanced atherosclerosis. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "Most people have clogged arteries and don't know it. Here's how to see if you're OK," 8 Mar. 2018 Ultrasound and other imaging techniques were used to identify signs of atherosclerosis. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Skipping or skimping on breakfast may increase risk of heart trouble," 15 Jan. 2018 Unchecked, atherosclerosis can lead to serious health issues such as heart attack or stroke. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Skipping or skimping on breakfast may increase risk of heart trouble," 15 Jan. 2018 This condition, called atherosclerosis, increases the chance of a clot blocking blood flow, which can result in a heart attack or stroke. Jill U. Adams, Washington Post, "Statins help lower cholesterol, but are they the treatment for you?," 26 Feb. 2018

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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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atherosclerosis

noun
ath·ero·scle·ro·sis | \ˌath-ə-rō-sklə-ˈrō-səs \
plural atheroscleroses\-ˌsēz \

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 \ adjective
atherosclerotically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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