arteriosclerosis

[ ahr-teer-ee-oh-skluh-roh-sis ]
/ ɑrˌtɪər i oʊ skləˈroʊ sɪs /
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noun

degenerative changes in the arteries, characterized by thickening of the vessel walls and accumulation of calcium with consequent loss of elasticity and lessened blood flow.

Nearby words

  1. arteriopathy,
  2. arterioplasty,
  3. arteriopressor,
  4. arteriorrhaphy,
  5. arteriorrhexis,
  6. arteriosclerosis obliterans,
  7. arteriosclerotic aneurysm,
  8. arteriospasm,
  9. arteriostenosis,
  10. arteriotomy


Origin of arteriosclerosis

1885–90; < New Latin. See arterio-, sclerosis

Related formsar·te·ri·o·scle·rot·ic [ahr-teer-ee-oh-skluh-rot-ik] /ɑrˌtɪər i oʊ skləˈrɒt ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for arteriosclerosis

arteriosclerosis

/ (ɑːˌtɪərɪəʊsklɪəˈrəʊsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)

a pathological condition of the circulatory system characterized by thickening and loss of elasticity of the arterial wallsNontechnical name: hardening of the arteries
Derived Formsarteriosclerotic (ɑːˌtɪərɪəʊsklɪəˈrɒtɪk), adjective

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Word Origin and History for arteriosclerosis

arteriosclerosis

n.

"hardening of the arteries," 1885, medical Latin, from arterio- + sclerosis.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for arteriosclerosis

arteriosclerosis

[ är-tîr′ē-ō-sklə-rōsĭs ]

n.

Any of a group of chronic diseases in which thickening, hardening, and loss of elasticity of the arterial walls result in impaired blood circulation.arterial sclerosis
Related formsar•te′ri•o•scle•rotic (-rŏtĭk) adj.


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Science definitions for arteriosclerosis

arteriosclerosis

[ är-tîr′ē-ō-sklə-rōsĭs ]

A thickening, hardening, and loss of elasticity of the arterial walls that results in impaired blood circulation. See also atherosclerosis.
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Culture definitions for arteriosclerosis

arteriosclerosis

[ (ahr-teer-ee-oh-skluh-roh-sis) ]

A disease commonly called hardening of the arteries. In arteriosclerosis, the walls of the arteries thicken and harden. The loss of flexibility results in a lessening of the flow of blood to the various organs of the body. (Compare atherosclerosis; see circulatory system.)

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