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Jul 9, 2010
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Words made with combining forms

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plutocracy
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stenosis

Bronchial stenosis
Bronchial stenosis

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stenosis

PRONUNCIATION:
(sti-NO-sis) , plural stenoses

MEANING:
noun: A narrowing of a passage, vessel, or an opening in the body.

ETYMOLOGY:
From steno- (narrow, small) + -osis (condition). From Greek stenosis (a narrowing), from stenoun (to narrow), from stenos (narrow).

USAGE:
"[The device] is placed onto a patient's chest and a microphone picks up coronary sounds associated with stenosis, in which a patient's arteries are clogged with plaque blocking blood flow to the heart."
Wendy Lee; New Phone Apps Aim to Boost; Minneapolis Star Tribune; Jun 12, 2010.

See more usage examples of stenosis in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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