atheroma

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n atheroma a fatty deposit in the intima (inner lining) of an artery; can obstruct blood flow
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Atheroma (Med) An encysted tumor containing curdy matter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n atheroma A name given to various kinds of encysted tumors, the contents of which have the appearance of bread-sauce.
    • n atheroma The formation of thickened patches of the inner coat of an artery (much more rarely of a vein), constituting flattened cavities which contain a pasty mass exhibiting fat-globules, fatty acid crystals, cholesterin, more or less calcareous matter, etc. Also atherome. The endothelial film separating this from the blood may give way, and an atheromatous ulcer be formed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Atheroma ath′er-ō-ma a name formerly applied to cysts on the scalp, with contents of the consistence of porridge, but now only used of a common form of inflammation of arteries
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. , , fr. grats, meal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; atharē, porridge.

Usage

In literature:

Chronic endarteritis is fruitful in the production of thrombus and atheroma.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Simple atheroma must not be confused with the lesions of arteriosclerosis.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
It has been met with in cases of cardiac dilatation, aortic atheroma, cerebral hemorrhage, tubercular meningitis, and uræmia.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
Atheroma is common after middle life and increases in frequency with age.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 5" by Various
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