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[ath-uh-roh-muh] /ˌæθ əˈroʊ mə/
noun, plural atheromas, atheromata
[ath-uh-roh-muh-tuh] /ˌæθ əˈroʊ mə tə/ (Show IPA).
a sebaceous cyst.
a mass of yellowish fatty and cellular material that forms in and beneath the inner lining of the arterial walls.
Origin of atheroma
1700-10; < New Latin, Latin: a tumor filled with gruellike matter < Greek athḗrōma, equivalent to athḗr(ē) gruel + -ōma -oma
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[ath-uh-rom-uh-tuh s, -roh-muh-] /ˌæθ əˈrɒm ə təs, -ˈroʊ mə-/ (Show IPA),
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noun (pl) -mas, -mata (-mətə)
(pathol) a fatty deposit on or within the inner lining of an artery, often causing an obstruction to the blood flow
Derived Forms
atheromatous (ˌæθəˈrɒmətəs; -ˈrəʊ-) adjective
Word Origin
C18: via Latin from Greek athērōma tumour full of matter resembling gruel, from athēra gruel
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Word Origin and History for atheroma

"encysted tumor," 1706, medical Latin, from Greek atheroma, from athere "groats, porridge" (related to ather "chaff"), in reference to what is inside. For ending, see -oma.

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atheroma in Medicine

atheroma ath·er·o·ma (āth'ə-rō'mə)
n. pl. ath·er·o·mas or ath·er·o·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
A deposit or degenerative accumulation of lipid-containing plaques on the innermost layer of the wall of an artery.

ath'er·o·ma·to'sis (-tō'sĭs) n.
ath'er·om'a·tous (-rŏm'ə-təs, -rō'mə-) adj.
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