cor pulmonale

noun

cor pul·​mo·​na·​le ˌkȯr-ˌpu̇l-mə-ˈnä-lē How to pronounce cor pulmonale (audio)
-ˌpəl-,
-ˈna-
plural cordia pulmonalia ˈkȯr-dē-ə-ˌpu̇l-mə-ˈnä-lē-ə How to pronounce cor pulmonale (audio)
-ˌpəl-,
-ˈna-
: disease of the heart characterized by hypertrophy and dilatation of the right ventricle and secondary to disease of the lungs or their blood vessels

Examples of cor pulmonale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Padmavati and her collaborators were weighing possible causes of cor pulmonale, a failure of the right side of the heart linked to lung problems. Sara Morrison, USA TODAY, 13 July 2018

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Word History

Etymology

earlier, "right side of the heart (involved in pulmonary circulation)," borrowed from New Latin cor pulmōnāle "pulmonary heart"

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cor pulmonale was in 1934

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Cite this Entry

“Cor pulmonale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cor%20pulmonale. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

cor pulmonale

noun
: disease of the heart characterized by hypertrophy and dilatation of the right ventricle and secondary to disease of the lungs or their blood vessels

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