[ ath-uh-roh-muh ]

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.

Origin of atheroma

1700–10; <New Latin, Latin: a tumor filled with gruellike matter <Greek athḗrōma, equivalent to athḗr(ē) gruel + -ōma-oma

Other words from atheroma

  • ath·er·om·a·tous [ath-uh-rom-uh-tuhs, -roh-muh-], /ˌæθ əˈrɒm ə təs, -ˈroʊ mə-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use atheroma in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for atheroma


/ (ˌæθəˈrəʊmə) /

nounplural -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

Origin of atheroma

C18: via Latin from Greek athērōma tumour full of matter resembling gruel, from athēra gruel

Derived forms of atheroma

  • atheromatous (ˌæθəˈrɒmətəs, -ˈrəʊ-), adjective

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