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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



angioplasty  listen  (AN-jee-oh-PLAS-tee)

  A procedure to enlarge the opening in a blood vessel that has become narrowed or blocked by plaque (a buildup of fat and cholesterol on the inner wall of the blood vessel). Examples of angioplasty are balloon angioplasty and laser angioplasty.