Meaning of atherosclerosis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌaθ(ə)rəʊsklɪˈrəʊsɪs/


mass nounMedicine
  • A disease of the arteries characterized by the deposition of fatty material on their inner walls.

    See also atheroma

    ‘The underlying cause of most heart attacks is atherosclerosis, a disease of the coronary arteries that usually develops over many years.’
    • ‘The commonest cause of thrombosis in arteries is atherosclerosis.’
    • ‘Inflammation plays a central role in atherosclerosis, in which fatty deposits clog your arteries.’
    • ‘In atherosclerosis, fatty plaques develop on the inner lining so that the normal flow of blood is reduced.’
    • ‘High levels of homocysteine have been associated with atherosclerosis and cerebrovascular disease.’


Early 20th century coined in German from Greek athērē ‘groats’ + sklērōsis ‘hardening’ (see sclerosis).