nounpl. -·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 lipid-containing lesion that forms on the innermost layer of the wall of an artery in atherosclerosis; a plaque.
Origin of atheromaLatin athērōma tumor full of pus that is like gruel from Greek from athēra gruel variant of atharē gruel perhaps of Egyptian origin or perhaps from an Indo-European adstrate source akin to Hittite &hlowbrev;attar a kind of grain or pulse and Latin ador emmer
(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).