American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A form of arteriosclerosis characterized by the deposition of atheromatous plaques containing cholesterol and lipids on the innermost layer of the walls of large and medium-sized arteries.
- n. pathology The clogging or hardening of arteries or blood vessels caused by plaques (accumulations of fatty deposits, usually cholesterol).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) a form of arteriosclerosis characterized by irregular fatty deposits on the inner surface of large and medium-sized arteries; the deposits are associated with fibrosis and calcification of the inner layer of the arteries. Similar conditions may be found in swine and fowl. The deposits may become large enough to impede the blood circulation and in some cases may restrict the blood supply to the heart.
- n. a stage of arteriosclerosis involving fatty deposits (atheromas) inside the arterial walls, thus narrowing the arteries
- From athero- + sclerosis (Wiktionary)
- athero(ma) + sclerosis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And when they get clogged up with cholesterol plaques, what we refer to as atherosclerosis, then flow can be compromised.”
“Dr. Connor ` s special interest is in atherosclerosis, nutrition and lipid metabolism.”
“Based on their findings, the investigators suggest that measures like F2-isoprostane measurement should be incorporated into any future studies of antioxidants in atherosclerosis prevention.”
“The deposits are called plaques, and the process of plaque buildup is known as atherosclerosis.”
“Since the middle of the nineteenth century it has been known that in atherosclerosis, cholesterol, or rather cholesterol esters, accumulate in high concentrations in the lesioned areas of the blood vessels, and since the late 1930s a specific inheritable disease, familial hypercholesterolemia, has been recognized, with greatly increased concentrations of cholesterol in the blood, and severe alterations in the normal structure of blood vessels.”
“In addition to all of this, prevention requires research in order for us to discover the true mechanism by which the primary cause of the disease, atherosclerosis, is developing at an earlier and earlier age.”
“For the first time, we have shown that air pollution contributes to the early formation of heart disease, known as atherosclerosis, which is connected to nearly half the deaths in Western societies and to a growing proportion of deaths in the rapidly industrializing nations of Asia and Latin America," said study co-author Michael Jerrett, UC Berkeley associate professor of environmental health sciences.”
“Thicker and heavier arteries indicated a build up of fatty deposits on the blood vessel walls, a condition known as atherosclerosis which is closely associated with heart attacks and strokes.”
“Low-density lipoprotein, or LDL: This "bad" cholesterol circulates in your blood and, according to conventional thinking, may build up in your arteries, forming plaque that makes your arteries narrow and less flexible (a condition called atherosclerosis).”
“The main type of heart disease, coronary artery disease, is caused by the slow buildup of fatty plaque on the inner walls of the hearts arteries in a process called atherosclerosis.”
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