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 athērōma, tumor full of pus that is like gruel, from Greek, from athēra, 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).