• WordNet 3.6
    • n arteriosclerosis sclerosis of the arterial walls
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Arteriosclerosis (Med) a chronic disease characterized by abnormal thickening and hardening of the walls of the arteries, esp. of the intima, occurring mostly in old age. Subtypes are distinguished, such as arteriolosclerosis and atherosclerosis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n arteriosclerosis The increase of connective tissue in the walls of arteries, especially in the intima.
    • n arteriosclerosis An increase of connective tissue In the walls of the arteries, especially in the inner coat. The resulting progressive thickening and contraction of the vessels interfere with the blood-supply of their own walls so that these become degenerated and weak, while at the same time their abnormal rigidity makes it difficult or impossible for the normal variations in caliber, in response to nervous stimuli, to take place. Local areas of fatty degeneration with the subsequent deposition of lime salts are apt to form, especially in the larger vessels, and are called atheromatous patches. A pulse of high tension with enlargement of the heart, due to the increased resistance to the blood flow, and Bright's disease owing to the involvement of the small vessels of the kidney, frequently accompany arteriosclerosis. Various disorders of the brain, including a tendency to apoplexy, and a predisposition to gangrene of the extremities, are other common consequences of the disease. In old age there is usually a greater or less degree of arteriosclerosis, and its presence then indicates that the bodily machine is beginning to wear out, but certain other factors, notably intemperance in eating and drinking, may cause it to appear early in life.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL.; Gr. artery + sclerosis,


In literature:

It gets like an advanced case of arteriosclerosis.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
Consequently, arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure must be considered decided bars to marriage.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
This is used in gout, arteriosclerosis, etc.
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit
Indeed, the very beginning of arteriosclerosis may thus be diagnosed.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
Arteriosclerosis is not a disease =sui generis=.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
Arteriosclerosis and apoplexy, 144.
"Essays In Pastoral Medicine" by Austin ÓMalley

In news:

It can also be a symptom of a more serious medical problem, such as arteriosclerosis, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.