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angioplasty

[an-jee-uh-plas-tee]
noun, plural an·gi·o·plas·ties. Surgery.
  1. the repair of a blood vessel, as by inserting a balloon-tipped catheter to unclog it or by replacing part of the vessel with either a piece of the patient's own tissue or a prosthetic device: coronary angioplasty to widen an artery blocked by plaque.
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Origin of angioplasty

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British Dictionary definitions for angioplasty

angioplasty

noun
  1. a surgical technique for restoring normal blood flow through an artery narrowed or blocked by atherosclerosis, either by inserting a balloon into the narrowed section and inflating it or by using a laser beam
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Word Origin and History for angioplasty

n.

by 1976, from angio- + -plasty.

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angioplasty in Medicine

angioplasty

(ănjē-ə-plăs′tē)
n.
  1. Surgical reconstruction of a blood vessel.
  2. Balloon angioplasty.
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angioplasty in Science

angioplasty

[ănjē-ə-plăs′tē]
  1. The surgical repair of a blood vessel, such as an obstructed coronary artery, usually by inflating a small balloon at the end of a catheter.
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angioplasty in Culture

angioplasty

[(an-jee-uh-plas-tee)]

A surgical technique in which a catheter containing a small balloon is inserted into arteries around the heart. The balloon is inflated to compress deposits of fatty substances blocking the artery, thereby restoring the flow of blood.

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Note

Also called balloon therapy.
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