angina

noun

an·​gi·​na an-ˈjī-nə How to pronounce angina (audio) ˈan-jə- How to pronounce angina (audio)
: a disease marked by spasmodic attacks of intense suffocative pain: such as
a
: a severe inflammatory or ulcerated condition of the mouth or throat
anginal adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ironically, most medical articles about Ludwig’s angina are now authored in low-income countries as opposed to rich ones like ours. Claire Panosian Dunavan, Discover Magazine, 9 May 2018 Studies have shown variant angina to be rare, occurring in approximately 4 out of 100,000 people in the United States. H Lee Kagan, Discover Magazine, 26 Sep. 2012 See Nacho's painstaking preparation to substitute Hector's angina medication with placebos, for example. Jon O'brien, The Week, 18 Apr. 2022 Her mother has Parkinson’s and dementia, and her father has diabetes and angina. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2021 Many people who suffer from exertional angina are now sitting at home rather than climbing the subway stairs every day, and the threshold of discomfort that would drive them to seek care is likely far higher. Anchorage Daily News, 19 Apr. 2020 One out of five patients who had daily or weekly chest pain became angina-free within one year with drug therapy, but that rose to one out of two with the invasive strategy. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2020 That finding suggests that people prone to angina might want to opt for a procedure. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2020 Where the procedures did outshine drugs was in reducing chest pain, or angina. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Latin, "throat inflammation," borrowed (with vowel weakening and assimilation to angere "to choke, strangle") from Greek anchónē "strangling, hanging," from ánchein "to squeeze, strangle" + -onē, abstract noun suffix — more at anger entry 1

First Known Use

1559, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of angina was in 1559

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Cite this Entry

“Angina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/angina. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

angina

noun
an·​gi·​na an-ˈjī-nə How to pronounce angina (audio) ˈan-jə-nə How to pronounce angina (audio)
: a disorder marked by sudden bursts of intense pain
especially : angina pectoris
anginal
an-ˈjīn-ᵊl How to pronounce angina (audio)
ˈan-jən-
adjective

Medical Definition

angina

noun
an·​gi·​na an-ˈjī-nə How to pronounce angina (audio) ˈan-jə- How to pronounce angina (audio)
: a disease marked by spasmodic attacks of intense suffocative pain: as
a
: a severe inflammatory or ulcerated condition of the mouth or throat
diphtheritic angina
see ludwig's angina, vincent's angina
anginal adjective

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