atherosclerosis

noun

ath·​ero·​scle·​ro·​sis ˌa-thə-ˌrō-sklə-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce atherosclerosis (audio)
: an arteriosclerosis characterized by atheromatous deposits in and fibrosis of the inner layer of the arteries
atherosclerotic adjective

Examples of atherosclerosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chronic disease Studies have reported low levels of drinking may be protective against some conditions: cognitive impairment, dementia, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, heart failure, hypertension, or ischemic stroke. Isabella Cueto and J. Emory Parker, STAT, 27 June 2024 Prince Raymond King died naturally on May 29 due to atherosclerosis, also known as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, which occurs when fats, cholesterol and other substances build up on the artery walls, according to Mayo Clinic. Jonathan Limehouse, USA TODAY, 31 May 2024 Vascular dementia, the second most common type of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, can be caused by atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque in the arteries that can lead to heart attacks, stroke, blood clots and more, all of which can further damage the body and brain. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 18 June 2024 Ornish had previously developed the program to address heart disease risk and showed that the combination of improved diet, exercise, stress reduction, and social engagement could significantly lower the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease. Alice Park, TIME, 7 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for atherosclerosis 

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of atherosclerosis was in 1910

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“Atherosclerosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atherosclerosis. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

atherosclerosis

noun
ath·​ero·​scle·​ro·​sis ˌath-ə-rō-sklə-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce atherosclerosis (audio)
: hardening and thickening of the walls of arteries due to deposit of fatty substances in the inner layer

Medical Definition

atherosclerosis

noun
ath·​ero·​scle·​ro·​sis ˌath-ə-rō-sklə-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce atherosclerosis (audio)
plural atheroscleroses -ˌsēz How to pronounce atherosclerosis (audio)
: an arteriosclerosis characterized by atheromatous deposits in and fibrosis of the inner layer of the arteries
atherosclerotic adjective
atherosclerotically adverb

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