- degenerative changes in the arteries, characterized by thickening of the vessel walls and accumulation of calcium with consequent loss of elasticity and lessened blood flow.
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
- a pathological condition of the circulatory system characterized by thickening and loss of elasticity of the arterial wallsNontechnical name: hardening of the arteries
“hardening of the arteries,” 1885, medical Latin, from+ .
- Any of a group of chronic diseases in which thickening, hardening, and loss of elasticity of the arterial walls result in impaired blood circulation.arterial sclerosis
- A thickening, hardening, and loss of elasticity of the arterial walls that results in impaired blood circulation. See also atherosclerosis.
A disease commonly called hardening of the Compare ; see .). In arteriosclerosis, the walls of the arteries thicken and harden. The loss of flexibility results in a lessening of the flow of to the various of the body. (