arteriosclerosis

[ahr-teer-ee-oh-skluh-roh-sis]
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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.

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

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
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

arteriosclerosis in Medicine

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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arteriosclerosis in Science

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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arteriosclerosis in Culture

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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