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n. pl. end·ar·te·rec·to·mies
Surgical excision of the inner lining of an artery that is clogged with atherosclerotic buildup.

[New Latin endartērium, inner lining of an artery (endo- + Latin artēria, artery; see artery) + -ectomy.]


n, pl -tomies
(Surgery) a surgical operation to removes blockages in an artery


(ɛnˌdɑr təˈrɛk tə mi)

n., pl. -mies.
the surgical stripping of a fat-encrusted, thickened arterial lining so as to open or widen the artery for improved blood circulation.
[1955–60; endarter(ium) an artery lining (see end-, artery) + -ectomy]


Surgery to clear a blocked artery to restore proper blood flow.
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Noun1.endarterectomy - surgical removal of the inner lining of an artery that is clogged with atherosclerosis
ablation, cutting out, extirpation, excision - surgical removal of a body part or tissue


n. endarterectomía, extirpación de la túnica interna (íntima) engrosada de una arteria.


n (pl -mies) endarterectomía; carotid — endarterectomía carotídea
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