pl. -·mas or -·mata
a condition marked by deposits of small fatty nodules on the inner walls of the arteries, often accompanied by degeneration of the affected areas; also, such a nodule or arterial plaque
Origin of atheromaModern Latin ; from Classical Greek ath?r?ma, tumor filled with grainy matter ; from ath?r, awn, chaff + -?ma, -oma
nounpl. ath·er·o·mas or ath·er·o·ma·ta
A deposit or degenerative accumulation of lipid-containing plaques on the innermost layer of the wall of an artery.
Origin of atheromaLatin ath&emacron;r&omacron;ma, tumor full of pus that is like gruel, from Greek, from ath&emacron;ra, gruel.
(plural atheromas or atheromata)
- (pathology) An abnormal fatty deposit which develops within the walls of arteries.
From Latin athērōma (“tumor full of gruel-like matter”), from ἀθήρωμα (athērōma).