atherosclerosis

noun ath·ero·scle·ro·sis \ ˌa-thə-ˌrō-sklə-ˈrō-səs \
|Updated on: 30 May 2018

Definition of atherosclerosis

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

atherosclerotic

play \-sklə-ˈrä-tik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of atherosclerosis

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atherosclerosis

noun ath·ero·scle·ro·sis \ ˌath-ə-rō-sklə-ˈrō-səs \

medical Definition of atherosclerosis

plural atheroscleroses play \-ˌsēz\
: an arteriosclerosis characterized by atheromatous deposits in and fibrosis of the inner layer of the arteries

atherosclerotic

play \-sklə-ˈrät-ik\ adjective

atherosclerotically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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