an·​gi·​na | \an-ˈjī-nə, ˈan-jə- \

Definition of angina 

: a disease marked by spasmodic attacks of intense suffocative pain: such as

a : a severe inflammatory or ulcerated condition of the mouth or throat

b : angina pectoris

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anginal \an-​ˈjī-​nᵊl, ˈan-​jə-​ \ adjective

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The discomfort associated with angina is often described as pressure, tightness, or a burning sensation. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Is Your Chest Pain Physical or Mental?," 14 Nov. 2018 During the 1990s, Viagra failed miserably in trials as a treatment for angina, but alert researchers at Pfizer realized that one of the side effects could have global appeal. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Serendipity in Science Is Often Born of Years of Labor," 4 May 2018 There are two kinds of angina: Stable and unstable, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Causes of That Random Chest Pain," 26 Apr. 2018 There is no question that statins can protect the health of people who have already had a heart attack or stroke (or even angina) and thus face a significant risk of a recurrence that could prove fatal. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "Weighing the Pros and Cons of Statins," 16 Apr. 2018 Pfizer had aimed to treat the heart condition angina. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Viagra is now 20 years old. Things to know about the little blue pill," 27 Mar. 2018 Researchers said the study doesn't mean that patients with angina should never undergo the procedure. Lynne Terry,, "Study: Common procedure for heart-related chest pain doesn't work," 2 Nov. 2017 Snyder didn’t send him to the hospital but instead treated him with amyl nitrate for angina; heparin, a blood thinner; and morphine for the pain. Marc Siegel, Slate Magazine, "Presidential Health Has Always Been a Well-Kept Secret," 19 Jan. 2017 Thousands of studies have linked hypertension in adults to heart attack, stroke, angina and peripheral artery disease. Carrie Arnold, Newsweek, "Heart Disease: Children Are Developing Conditions Tied to Aging—and Pediatricians Are on High Alert," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of angina

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for angina

Latin, throat inflammation, from Greek anchonē strangling, from anchein to strangle

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English Language Learners Definition of angina

medical : a heart disease that causes brief periods of intense chest pain


an·​gi·​na | \an-ˈjī-nə, ˈan-jə- \

Medical Definition of angina 

: 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

b : angina pectoris

Other Words from angina

anginal \an-​ˈjīn-​ᵊl, ˈan-​jən-​ \ adjective

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