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
Can be confusedstent stint Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • 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

    Irving Bacheller

  • I doubted if there could be any Fourth of July if my stent was not done.

    Being a Boy

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • The time that the farm-boy gets for his own is usually at the end of a stent.

    Being a Boy

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • Mr. Stent continued the pastor until he had completed eight years.

    The Church Index

    William Pepperell

British Dictionary definitions for stent



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

Word Origin for stent

C19: after Charles Stent (1807–85), English dentist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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

stent in Medicine




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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