- Medicine/Medical. a small, expandable tube used for inserting in a blocked vessel or other part.
Origin of stent
First recorded in 1960–65; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for stent
This can lead to the very heart attack that placing the stent was trying to prevent.Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Risky Heart Surgery
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
November 26, 2014
Leno asked about his recent cardiovascular surgery in which doctors installed a stent to open up a clogged artery.W. Charms on the ‘Tonight’ Show
November 20, 2013
Yet the number of angioplasties and stent placements performed has increased, not decreased.The Real Fight Over Health Care Should Be Against Diabetes and Obesity
Mark Hyman, MD
March 23, 2012
I have Set myself a Stent and determine to read the 3d volume Half out.John Quincy Adams
John. T. Morse
We had finished our stent early the day of which I am writing.Eben Holden
I doubted if there could be any Fourth of July if my stent was not done.
The time that the farm-boy gets for his own is usually at the end of a stent.
Mr. Stent continued the pastor until he had completed eight years.The Church Index
- med a tube of plastic or sprung metal mesh placed inside a hollow tube to reopen it or keep it open; uses in surgery include preventing a blood vessel from closing, esp after angioplasty, and assisting healing after an anastomosis
C19: after Charles Stent (1807–85), English dentist
Word Origin and History for stent
"tube implanted temporarily," 1964, named for Charles T. Stent (1807-1885), English dentist.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A device that is used to maintain a bodily orifice or cavity during skin grafting, or to immobilize a skin graft following placement.
- A slender thread, rod, or catheter placed within the lumen of tubular structures, such as a blood vessel, to provide support during or after anastomosis.
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