- a sebaceous cyst.
- a mass of yellowish fatty and cellular material that forms in and beneath the inner lining of the arterial walls.
Origin of atheroma
1700–10; < New Latin, Latin: a tumor filled with gruellike matter < Greek athḗrōma, equivalent to athḗr(ē) gruel + -ōma -oma
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Examples from the Web for atheroma
It is a very common result of endocarditis extending into the aorta, which we find perhaps the most frequent seat of atheroma.
Atheroma in the vessels of the brain is a frequent cause of cerebral apoplexy.
Chronic endarteritis is fruitful in the production of thrombus and atheroma.
Such dilatations are usually due to chronic endarteritis and atheroma.
Atheroma is common after middle life and increases in frequency with age.
- pathol a fatty deposit on or within the inner lining of an artery, often causing an obstruction to the blood flow
C18: via Latin from Greek athērōma tumour full of matter resembling gruel, from athēra gruel
Word Origin and History for atheroma
"encysted tumor," 1706, medical Latin, from Greek atheroma, from athere "groats, porridge" (related to ather "chaff"), in reference to what is inside. For ending, see -oma.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A deposit or degenerative accumulation of lipid-containing plaques on the innermost layer of the wall of an artery.
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