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atherosclerosis Line breaks: ath¦ero|scler|osis
Pronunciation: /ˌaθərəʊsklɪəˈrəʊsɪs/

Definition of atherosclerosis in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
A disease of the arteries characterized by the deposition of fatty material on their inner walls. See also atheroma.
Example sentences
  • The underlying cause of most heart attacks is atherosclerosis, a disease of the coronary arteries that usually develops over many years.
  • The commonest cause of thrombosis in arteries is atherosclerosis.
  • Inflammation plays a central role in atherosclerosis, in which fatty deposits clog your arteries.


Early 20th century: coined in German from Greek athērē 'groats' + sklērōsis 'hardening' (see sclerosis).



Pronunciation: /ˌaθərəʊsklɪəˈrɒtɪk/ /ˌaθərəʊskləˈrɒtɪk/
Example sentences
  • She has a history of hypertensive atherosclerotic heart disease that is currently well controlled and asymptomatic.
  • As the number of these risk factors increase, so does the risk of developing atherosclerotic and thrombotic disease.
  • Carotid artery stenosis is characterized by atherosclerotic changes, plaquing, ulcerations, and a progressive narrowing of the carotid vessels.

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