Definition of atherosclerosis in English:

atherosclerosis

noun

Medicine
  • [mass noun] A disease of the arteries characterized by the deposition of fatty material on their inner walls.

    See also atheroma
    • ‘In atherosclerosis, fatty plaques develop on the inner lining so that the normal flow of blood is reduced.’
    • ‘The commonest cause of thrombosis in arteries is atherosclerosis.’
    • ‘The underlying cause of most heart attacks is atherosclerosis, a disease of the coronary arteries that usually develops over many years.’
    • ‘Inflammation plays a central role in atherosclerosis, in which fatty deposits clog your arteries.’
    • ‘High levels of homocysteine have been associated with atherosclerosis and cerebrovascular disease.’

Origin

Early 20th century: coined in German from Greek athērē groats + sklērōsis hardening (see sclerosis).

Pronunciation:

atherosclerosis

/ˌaθərəʊsklɪəˈrəʊsɪs/