One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A splint placed temporarily inside a duct, canal, or blood vessel to aid healing or relieve an obstruction.
- ‘Sometimes, the fatty plaques start to develop again inside the stent.’
- ‘Complications, however, included migration of the stent, occlusion of the stent and obstructions of the cystic duct.’
- ‘Research has focused on developing methods to reduce or eliminate the potential for restenosis, including drug-eluting stents and radiation therapy.’
- ‘A ureteral stent was placed to relieve the obstruction.’
- ‘This unique metal has already proven useful in such medical applications as catheter guidewires, stents, and microsurgery tools.’
- 1.1 An impression or cast of a part or body cavity, used to maintain pressure so as to promote healing, especially of a skin graft.
2also Stentstrademark mass noun A substance used in dentistry for taking impressions of the teeth.
Late 19th century: from the name of Charles T. Stent (1807–85), English dentist. The sense ‘splint’ dates from the 1960s.
1An assessment of property made for purposes of taxation.as modifier ‘it was recorded in the stent book’
- 1.1 The amount or value assessed; a tax.‘the next stent is to pay 5 sterling to Allexr’
- 1.1 The amount or value assessed; a tax.
Assess and charge (a person or a community) for purposes of taxation.‘stent the Parish of Kildaltan in the ascertained sum’
Middle English: from Old French estente ‘valuation’, related to Anglo-Norman French extente (see extent).
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