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


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Origin of arteriosclerosis

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

OTHER WORDS FROM arteriosclerosis

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

Words nearby arteriosclerosis

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How to use arteriosclerosis in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for 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 forms of arteriosclerosis

arteriosclerotic (ɑːˌtɪərɪəʊsklɪəˈrɒtɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for 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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Cultural definitions for 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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