ste·​no·​sis | \ stə-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce stenosis (audio) \
plural stenoses\ stə-​ˈnō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce stenosis (audio) \

Definition of stenosis

: a narrowing or constriction of the diameter of a bodily passage or orifice

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Other Words from stenosis

stenotic \ stə-​ˈnä-​tik How to pronounce stenosis (audio) \ adjective

Examples of stenosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Edge, who returned last year after missing nine years with spinal stenosis, recently turned heel, leaving Bryan, a late addition to the match, as the unquestioned underdog crowd favorite. Jay Reddick,, "WrestleMania night 2 preview/results from Tampa: Reigns vs. Bryan vs. Edge," 11 Apr. 2021 Of the 110 patients enrolled in the study, 85% had hypertension, 39% had diabetes, 23% had aortic stenosis, 15% had atrial fibrillation, and 4% had heart failures. Zach Epstein, BGR, "Researchers found a new way iPhones and Apple Watches can save lives," 27 Mar. 2021 For those suffering from moderate lumbar spinal stenosis, interspinous spacers may relieve pain and discomfort in the lower back, legs, groin and buttocks. Dallas News, "What Every Chronic Pain Sufferer Needs to Know," 10 Dec. 2020 In recent years, James said, DeSalvo developed a worsening case of spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal. John Pope,, "Joseph DeSalvo, who traded corporate law to sell books, dies at 88," 30 Dec. 2020 After a hospital stay, Mrs. Sprouse, who can’t walk because of spinal stenosis, was still weak and getting a different antibiotic through an IV. Anna Wilde Mathews, WSJ, "Covid Spurs Families to Shun Nursing Homes, a Shift That Appears Long Lasting," 21 Dec. 2020 In 1992, he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal that can cause numbness and muscle weakness. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "The Heir to the Manning Quarterback Legacy Isn’t on TikTok," 26 Nov. 2020 The once-formidable producer’s numerous maladies include a heart condition, high blood pressure and spinal stenosis. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "Harvey Weinstein doesn’t have COVID-19, but his health is still declining in prison," 19 Nov. 2020 Issues with this valve can lead to pulmonary valve stenosis and pulmonary valve regurgitation. Giulia Heyward And Renee Valdes, CNN, "Arnold Schwarzenegger says he feels 'fantastic' after undergoing heart surgery," 24 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of stenosis

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stenosis

New Latin, from Greek stenōsis act of narrowing, from stenoun to narrow, from stenos narrow

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The first known use of stenosis was circa 1860

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15 Apr 2021

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“Stenosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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ste·​no·​sis | \ stə-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce stenosis (audio) \
plural stenoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce stenosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of stenosis

: a narrowing or constriction of the diameter of a bodily passage or orifice esophageal stenosis — see aortic stenosis, mitral stenosis, pulmonary stenosis, spinal stenosis, subaortic stenosis

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