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arteriosclerosis

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

noun

  1. 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.


arteriosclerosis

/ ɑːˌtɪərɪəʊsklɪəˈrɒtɪk; ɑːˌtɪərɪəʊsklɪəˈrəʊsɪs /

noun

  1. a pathological condition of the circulatory system characterized by thickening and loss of elasticity of the arterial walls Nontechnical namehardening of the arteries


arteriosclerosis

/ är-tîr′ē-ō-sklə-rōsĭs /

  1. A thickening, hardening, and loss of elasticity of the arterial walls that results in impaired blood circulation.
  2. See also atherosclerosis


arteriosclerosis

  1. 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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Derived Forms

  • arteriosclerotic, adjective
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Other Words From

  • ar·te·ri·o·scle·rot·ic [ahr-teer-ee-oh-skl, uh, -, rot, -ik], adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of arteriosclerosis1

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

Weils experiments showed that the lime elimination in arteriosclerosis was diminished.

Yet he insists that amorphous phosphorus removes lime from the abnormal lime deposits that occur in arteriosclerosis.

Dr. Nascher declares that he never claimed that amorphous phosphorus will cure arteriosclerosis.

Indeed, the very beginning of arteriosclerosis may thus be diagnosed.

The lesions of arteriosclerosis are of a different character.

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