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  Occluded artery



Occluded artery

    An artery that is narrowed by plaque that impedes blood flow.

RELATED TERMS
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Artery
A blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body.

Plaque
Soft sticky substance that accumulates on teeth; composed of bacteria and food debris due to inadequate dental hygiene.

Blood
The life-maintaining fluid which is made up of plasma, red blood cells (erythrocytes), white blood cells (leukocytes), and platelets; blood circulates through the body's heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries; it carries away waste matter and carbon dioxide, and brings nourishment, electrolytes, hormones, vitamins, antibodies, heat, and oxygen to the tissues.



SIMILAR TERMS
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Occlusion
Closure. Relationship of the upper and lower teeth upon closure.



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