[ en-dahr-tuh-rek-tuh-mee ]
/ ɛnˌdɑr təˈrɛk tə mi /

noun, plural end·ar·ter·ec·to·mies.

the surgical stripping of a fat-encrusted, thickened arterial lining so as to open or widen the artery for improved blood circulation.

Origin of endarterectomy

First recorded in 1955–60; endarter(ium) + -ectomy
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Medicine definitions for endarterectomy

[ ĕn′där-tə-rĕktə-mē ]


Excision of the inner lining of an artery that is clogged with atherosclerotic buildup.
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