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atheroma

[ath-uh-roh-muh]
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noun, plural ath·er·o·mas, ath·er·o·ma·ta [ath-uh-roh-muh-tuh] /ˌæθ əˈroʊ mə tə/. Pathology.
  1. a sebaceous cyst.
  2. a mass of yellowish fatty and cellular material that forms in and beneath the inner lining of the arterial walls.
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Origin of atheroma

1700–10; < New Latin, Latin: a tumor filled with gruellike matter < Greek athḗrōma, equivalent to athḗr(ē) gruel + -ōma -oma
Related formsath·er·om·a·tous [ath-uh-rom-uh-tuh s, -roh-muh-] /ˌæθ əˈrɒm ə təs, -ˈroʊ mə-/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • It is a very common result of endocarditis extending into the aorta, which we find perhaps the most frequent seat of atheroma.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Atheroma in the vessels of the brain is a frequent cause of cerebral apoplexy.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Chronic endarteritis is fruitful in the production of thrombus and atheroma.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Such dilatations are usually due to chronic endarteritis and atheroma.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Atheroma is common after middle life and increases in frequency with age.


British Dictionary definitions for atheroma

atheroma

noun plural -mas or -mata (-mətə)
  1. pathol a fatty deposit on or within the inner lining of an artery, often causing an obstruction to the blood flow
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Derived Formsatheromatous (ˌæθəˈrɒmətəs, -ˈrəʊ-), adjective

Word Origin

C18: via Latin from Greek athērōma tumour full of matter resembling gruel, from athēra gruel
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Word Origin and History for atheroma

n.

"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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

atheroma in Medicine

atheroma

(ăth′ə-rōmə)
n. pl. ath•er•o•mas
  1. A deposit or degenerative accumulation of lipid-containing plaques on the innermost layer of the wall of an artery.
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Related formsath′er•o•ma•tosis (-tōsĭs) n.ath′er•oma•tous (-rŏmə-təs, -rōmə-) adj.
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