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Definition of stent

: a short narrow metal or plastic tube often in the form of a mesh that is inserted into the lumen of an anatomical vessel (such as an artery or a bile duct) especially to keep a previously blocked passageway open

Examples of stent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sanders, who at 78 would be the oldest president ever elected, had a stent implanted after his heart attack. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Sanders and Bloomberg spar over health issues and medical records," 19 Feb. 2020 Zaranek had a stent inserted in one artery, which was completely blocked. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Pointe South basketball coach is alive, saved by teamwork and AED," 7 Feb. 2020 Senator Bernie Sanders had two stents inserted to treat an artery blockage after experiencing chest pain, the New York Times reports. Maggie O'neill,, "Senator Bernie Sanders Had 2 Heart Stents Inserted After Experiencing 'Chest Discomfort.' Here’s What That Means," 2 Oct. 2019 The 90 patients in the study receive the usual treatments for heart disease, such as small tubes called stents to prop open their narrowed arteries. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "New drugs aim to disarm the immune system’s ‘atomic bomb’ cells," 5 Mar. 2020 But half the participants were randomly selected to also be treated with either stents—devices that prop open narrowed vessels—or, if stenting was not possible, with bypass surgery. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "The Case for Fewer Heart Procedures," 14 Feb. 2020 The company specializes in devices used in minimally-invasive surgery such as stents and filters. Sarah Brookbank,, "These are the richest people in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana," 14 Feb. 2020 Today some antibiotic pills, a neonatal respirator or a stent or two would have solved all such problems. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: One can be thankful for much even amid pessimism," 1 Dec. 2019 During his tenure, White dramatically and successfully reshaped Abbott, shedding name-brand pharmaceuticals and hospital products to focus on health care products such as coronary stents, diabetes testing equipment and infant formula. Robert Channick,, "Abbott CEO Miles White to step down in March," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of stent

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stent

Charles Thomas Stent †1885 English dentist

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27 Mar 2020

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“Stent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stent

medical : a metal or plastic tube that is put in a blood vessel to keep it open


\ ˈstent How to pronounce stent (audio) \
variants: also stint \ ˈstint How to pronounce stint (audio) \

Medical Definition of stent

1 : a mold formed from a resinous compound and used for holding a surgical graft in place also : something (as a pad of gauze immobilized by sutures) used like a stent
2 : a short narrow metal or plastic tube often in the form of a mesh that is inserted into the lumen of an anatomical vessel (as an artery or bile duct) especially to keep a previously blocked passageway open

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