- 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.
Origin of arteriosclerosis
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Simple atheroma must not be confused with the lesions of arteriosclerosis.
The lesions of arteriosclerosis are of a different character.
Phlebosclerosis not infrequently occurs with arteriosclerosis.
We can do no more than sketch briefly some of them in relation to arteriosclerosis.
The increase in arteriosclerosis cases is real, not apparent.
- a pathological condition of the circulatory system characterized by thickening and loss of elasticity of the arterial wallsNontechnical name: hardening of the arteries
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Word Origin and History for arteriosclerosis
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- 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
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- A thickening, hardening, and loss of elasticity of the arterial walls that results in impaired blood circulation. See also atherosclerosis.
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