angina pectoris

noun
angina pec·​to·​ris | \ -ˈpek-t(ə-)rəs How to pronounce angina pectoris (audio) \
variants: or angina

Definition of angina pectoris

: a disease marked by brief sudden attacks of chest pain or discomfort caused by deficient oxygenation of the heart muscles usually due to impaired blood flow to the heart

Note: Chest pain may be accompanied by other symptoms (such as nausea, shortness of breath, or pain in the neck, shoulder, jaw, arm, or back). Angina pectoris typically occurs concurrently with coronary heart disease and is often precipitated by physical exertion or emotional stress.

First Known Use of angina pectoris

1768, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for angina pectoris

New Latin, literally, angina of the chest

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“Angina pectoris.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/angina%20pectoris. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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angina pectoris

noun
angina pec·​to·​ris | \ -ˈpek-t(ə-)rəs How to pronounce angina pectoris (audio) \
variants: or angina

Medical Definition of angina pectoris

: a disease marked by brief sudden attacks of chest pain or discomfort caused by deficient oxygenation of the heart muscles usually due to impaired blood flow to the heart

Note: Chest pain may be accompanied by other symptoms (such as nausea, shortness of breath, or pain in the neck, shoulder, jaw, arm, or back). Angina pectoris typically occurs concurrently with coronary heart disease and is often precipitated by physical exertion or emotional stress.

— see unstable angina — compare coronary insufficiency, heart attack, heart failure sense 1

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