One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A disease of the arteries characterized by the deposition of plaques of fatty material on their inner walls.
- ‘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.’
- ‘High levels of homocysteine have been associated with atherosclerosis and cerebrovascular disease.’
- ‘Inflammation plays a central role in atherosclerosis, in which fatty deposits clog your arteries.’
- ‘The underlying cause of most heart attacks is atherosclerosis, a disease of the coronary arteries that usually develops over many years.’
Early 20th century: coined in German from Greek athērē ‘groats’ + sklērōsis ‘hardening’ (see sclerosis).
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