cor·​o·​nary | \ ˈkȯr-ə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce coronary (audio) , ˈkär-, -ˌne-rē \

Definition of coronary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, resembling, or being a crown or coronal
2 : of, relating to, or being the coronary arteries or veins of the heart broadly : of or relating to the heart


plural coronaries

Definition of coronary (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of coronary in a Sentence

Noun I almost had a coronary when I heard the news.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Higher body masses are associated with increased risk for hypertension, diabetes and coronary disease. The Editors, Scientific American, "Doctors Need to Focus Less on a Patient’s Weight," 30 Jan. 2020 Fairview Hospital is accredited by The American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI (Percutaneous coronary intervention). John Benson,, "Fairview Hospital touts recent U.S. News & World Report rankings," 8 Aug. 2019 In the official readout of the physical exam, the White House did not reveal that Trump also had a coronary calcium scan done. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "The mystery of President Trump's unannounced hospital visit," 24 Nov. 2019 Sisson pointed out a few other things in his assessment of Bloomberg: Bloomberg had a coronary stent put in in 2000. Ali Vitali, NBC News, "Michael Bloomberg releases medical assessment on health," 13 Dec. 2019 During his tenure, White dramatically and successfully reshaped Abbott, shedding name-brand pharmaceuticals and hospital products to focus on health care products such as coronary stents, diabetes testing equipment and infant formula. Robert Channick,, "Abbott CEO Miles White to step down in March," 13 Nov. 2019 Heart failure risk went down 42% and coronary revascularisation by 40%. Jen Christensen, CNN, "You might want to change the time of day you take your blood pressure medicine," 22 Oct. 2019 Wood noted that most of the severe problems from a coronary blockage occur when a person stays home despite their symptoms., "Did Sanders have a heart attack?," 5 Oct. 2019 The man featured in today’s Google doodle is René Favaloro, an Argentine heart surgeon who performed the first coronary bypass. Maggie O'neill,, "Who Was René Favaloro? What to Know About the Pioneering Doctor in Today's Google Doodle," 12 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Alp family tree was a stump mutilated by cancer and coronaries. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 If church brethren found Monty Python's Life of Brian objectionable, this newest stab will cause coronaries. Robert Osborne, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Monty Python's The Meaning of Life': THR's 1983 Review," 31 Mar. 2018 One of the few people who can definitively answer that question is John Wildey, an English retiree who, in the fall of 2013, was riding shotgun in a two-place Cessna when his friend succumbed to a massive coronary. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "Death and Daring at 1,500 Feet," 7 Mar. 2018 To wit: This past weekend a 55-year-old childhood friend of my husband’s died suddenly and unexpectedly from a massive coronary, leaving everyone around him stunned. Sari Botton, Longreads, "Fast or Slow: What’s the Best Way to Die?," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of coronary


1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coronary


borrowed from New Latin corōnārius "of a crown, encircling a body organ like a crown," going back to Latin, "of garlands or wreaths," from corōna "garland, wreath worn on the head as a mark of honor or emblem of majesty" + -ārius -ary entry 2 — more at crown entry 1

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14 Feb 2020

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“Coronary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of coronary

: of or relating to the heart and especially to the vessels that supply blood to the heart


cor·​o·​nary | \ ˈkȯr-ə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce coronary (audio) \

Kids Definition of coronary

: of or relating to the heart or its blood vessels a coronary artery


cor·​o·​nary | \ ˈkȯr-ə-ˌner-ē, ˈkär- How to pronounce coronary (audio) \

Medical Definition of coronary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : resembling a crown or circlet : encircling another part
2a : of, relating to, affecting, or being the coronary arteries or veins of the heart coronary sclerosis broadly : of or relating to the heart
b : of, relating to, or affected with coronary heart disease a coronary care unit a diet for the young coronary male


plural coronaries

Medical Definition of coronary (Entry 2 of 2)

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