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A disorder characterized by inflammation and thrombosis of small and medium-sized arteries and veins, especially of the limbs, leading to obstruction of blood flow and gangrene, typically affecting male smokers under the age of 40. Also called Buerger's disease.
Early 20th century. From scientific Latin thromboangiitis obliterans from thrombo- + angiitis + classical Latin oblīterāns, present participle of oblīterāre obliterate.
thromboangiitis obliterans/ˌθrɒmbəʊan(d)ʒɪˌʌɪtɪs əˈblɪtəranz/
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