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 For men with ischemic heart disease, it’s been linked to the progression of carotid atherosclerosis. Alan Hedge, Time, "Getting Back Pain While Working From Home? An Ergonomics Expert Offers Advice," 15 Apr. 2020 Clotting that occurs in the arteries, on the other hand, is usually caused by atherosclerosis, or a hardening of the arteries due to plaque deposits. Leah Groth, Health.com, "You Should Definitely Go to The ER if You Have These Symptoms—Even During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 24 Apr. 2020 For example, high blood pressure—or hypertension—contributes to atherosclerosis, a process whereby the walls of a person’s blood vessels grow dense plaques made of fat and tissue fibers. Erin Michos, National Geographic, "We know that viruses can trigger a heart attack or stroke.," 10 Mar. 2020 Helene Clinic, for example, had an in-house committee that approved some of its therapies, including a treatment for atherosclerosis. David Cyranoski, Scientific American, "Stem Cells 2 Go," 14 Nov. 2019 Diabetes can also spur atherosclerosis and accelerate these plaque ruptures, and those with the disease also have relatively suppressed immune systems, making them more vulnerable for infections. Erin Michos, National Geographic, "We know that viruses can trigger a heart attack or stroke.," 10 Mar. 2020 The study found the diet can inhibit production of inflammatory chemicals that can lead to loss of cognitive function, and prevent the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and atherosclerosis. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Mediterranean diet scores another win for longevity by improving microbiome," 17 Feb. 2020 Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, or atherosclerosis, is caused by high cholesterol levels, causing plaque to form and arteries to harden and become blocked. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Drinking tea regularly may help you live longer and healthier, new study finds," 9 Jan. 2020 Many of them are tackling far more common disorders, like cancer and atherosclerosis, or include portfolios of drugs that would serve both small and large patient populations. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Rare disease drugs stand out in 2019’s top-performing pharma stocks," 31 Dec. 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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The first known use of atherosclerosis was in 1910

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15 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Atherosclerosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atherosclerosis. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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