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1[mass noun] Degeneration of the walls of the arteries caused by accumulated fatty deposits and scar tissue, and leading to restriction of the circulation and a risk of thrombosis.See also atherosclerosis
- ‘The early lesions of calcific degenerative disease resemble atheroma of the coronary artery.’
- ‘The aorta showed severe complicated atheroma throughout its length.’
- ‘For subjects who were 45-69 yr of age, Crawford and Crawford reported no difference in the prevalence of extensive atheroma or significant stenosis between residents of hard-water and soft-water areas.’
- ‘As the lesion grows, a fibrous cap made of collagen and elastin walls off the lesion from the lumen of the artery to protect the arterial lumen from the atheroma.’
- ‘Cholesterol embolisation occurs in patients with generalised atheroma, arising as a consequence of arteriosclerosis.’
- ‘During the warmer seasons, there was a decline in the number of strokes resulting from atheroma.’
- ‘If the ultrasound shows stenosis or atheroma, the patient should understand the risks and benefits of the procedure.’
- 1.1The fatty material which forms deposits in the arteries.
- ‘Angina happens when the coronary arteries get blocked up with small pieces of fatty material called atheroma.’
- ‘Ultrasound devices provide reliable measurements of lumen size, distensibility, wall thickness, and the presence of atheroma in large arteries.’
Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek athērōma, from athērē, atharē groats.
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