WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
stent  (stent),USA pronunciation n. 
  • Medicinea small, expandable tube used for inserting in a blocked vessel or other part.
    • origin, originally uncertain 1960–65

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    stent /stɛnt/ n
    1. a tube of plastic or sprung metal mesh placed inside a hollow tube to reopen it or keep it open; uses in surgery include preventing a blood vessel from closing, esp after angioplasty, and assisting healing after an anastomosis
    Etymology: 19th Century: after Charles Stent (1807–85), English dentist


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