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English definition of “aortic coarctation”

aortic coarctation

noun [U] uk   /eɪˌɔː.tɪk kəʊ.ɑːkˈteɪ.ʃən/ us    /eɪˈɔr.t̬ɪk ˌkoʊ.ɑrkˈteɪ.ʃən/ (also coarctation of the aorta) specialized
a physical problem present from birth in which a part of the aorta (= the body's largest artery) is too narrow: With aortic coarctation, pulses in the arms are stronger than those in the legs.
(Definition of aortic coarctation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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