[ stent ]
/ stɛnt /


Medicine/Medical. a small, expandable tube used for inserting in a blocked vessel or other part.

Nearby words

  1. stenotopic,
  2. stenotype,
  3. stenotypy,
  4. stenoxenous,
  5. stensen's duct,
  6. stentor,
  7. stentorian,
  8. stentorious,
  9. stentoriously,
  10. step

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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British Dictionary definitions for stent


/ (stɛnt) /


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

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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

Medicine definitions for stent


[ stĕnt ]


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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