stent

noun

: 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 In vitro fertilization, stents and recombinant DNA human insulin were still years away. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 31 Dec. 2023 Plus, the system that Medicare and other health plans use to pay doctors generally places more value on doing procedures like replacing a knee or inserting a stent than on delivering the whole-person, long-term health care management that primary care physicians provide. Michelle Andrews, CBS News, 15 Nov. 2023 Treatments include widening the arteries with stents and balloons and clearing plaque from vessel walls with a laser or bladed catheter, also known as an atherectomy. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 12 Dec. 2023 McGuckin also allegedly told Levine to treat patients’ vessels with inflatable balloons and implant stents without a medical need. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 9 Aug. 2023 During the procedure, two stents were placed into Mulkey's coronary artery. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2023 Typical treatments may include balloon angioplasty, the placement of stents or the removal of plaque with a bladed catheter, also known as an atherectomy. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 30 June 2023 The team placed a cage over Kennison’s left leg and ran an external stent from the good section of the femoral artery in the upper thigh, using a tube to get the blood circulating in the lower leg in in the hopes of saving it. Tom Hallman, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2023 Sometimes, stents are also used to drain extra fluid from the fetus' chest. Addison Aloian, Women's Health, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Charles Thomas Stent †1885 English dentist

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stent was in 1961

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“Stent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stent. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

stent

noun
variants also stint
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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