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

Other Words from atherosclerosis

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

Examples of atherosclerosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recent research shows that viruses like COVID-19 cause DNA damage, which could potentially lead to the development of chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and atherosclerosis, and neurodegenerative disorders, like Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 4 Aug. 2022 Doesn’t calcium supplementation make atherosclerosis worse? Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 23 Aug. 2022 The first one, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, explores the links between exercise and atherosclerosis, the build-up of plaques that narrow and stiffen your arteries. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 18 Aug. 2022 Kaiser Permanente managers in 2011 came upon a solution, the government said: stop automatically enrolling aortic atherosclerosis patients in the cardiovascular disease management program. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 5 June 2022 If not properly taken care of, uncontrolled inflammation may lead to severe forms of illness, including Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, and atherosclerosis. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Among the diagnoses Kaiser Permanente physicians were frequently asked to add to patient medical records was aortic atherosclerosis, according to the government’s lawsuit. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 5 June 2022 Over time, that leaves you more likely to develop atherosclerosis, a hardening and narrowing of the arteries, and ultimately heart disease. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 19 Mar. 2020 Sometimes, though, Raynaud’s can be the result of medicine, such as migraine drugs known as ergots, or a number of underlying conditions that target your blood vessels, including carpal tunnel syndrome, atherosclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Mathew Devine, SELF, 23 May 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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ath·​ero·​scle·​ro·​sis | \ ˌath-ə-rō-sklə-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce atherosclerosis (audio) \
plural atheroscleroses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce atherosclerosis (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 atherosclerosis (audio) \ adjective
atherosclerotically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce atherosclerosis (audio) \ adverb

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