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noun Pathology.
  1. a narrowing or stricture of a passage or vessel.
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Origin of stenosis

1855–60; < New Latin < Greek sténōsis. See steno-, -osis
Related formsste·not·ic [sti-not-ik] /stɪˈnɒt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The gastric walls in stenotic dilatation may, however, be of normal thickness or even atrophied.

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  • A permanent cure of stenotic dilatation is not impossible, but it is rarely to be expected.

British Dictionary definitions for stenotic


noun plural -ses (-siːz)
  1. pathol an abnormal narrowing of a bodily canal or passage
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Derived Formsstenotic (stɪˈnɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: via New Latin from Greek stenōsis, from stenoun to constrict, from stenos narrow
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Word Origin and History for stenotic



1872, Modern Latin, from Greek stenosis "narrowing," from stenoun "to narrow," from stenos "narrow."

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stenotic in Medicine


  1. Of or affected with stenosis.
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n. pl. ste•no•ses (-sēz)
  1. A constriction or narrowing of a duct or passage; a stricture.
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