[ an-jee-uh-plas-tee ]
/ ˈæn dʒi əˌplæs ti /
noun, plural an·gi·o·plas·ties. Surgery.
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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British Dictionary definitions for angioplasty
/ (ˈændʒɪəˌplæstɪ) /
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
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Medicine definitions for angioplasty
[ ăn′jē-ə-plăs′tē ]
Surgical reconstruction of a blood vessel.
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Science definitions for angioplasty
[ ăn′jē-ə-plăs′tē ]
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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Culture definitions for 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.
Also called balloon therapy.
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