coronary

adjective
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

coronary

noun
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

Argentine media reported the death and said he had been hospitalized for coronary and biliary conditions. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, "Luciano Menéndez, former Argentine general convicted of crimes against humanity, dies at 90," 3 Mar. 2018 Elfering woke up in the hospital and spent four days in the coronary care unit (CCU) before she was discharged. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Healthy, Experienced Runner Had a Heart Attack During the New York City Marathon," 10 Dec. 2018 Concerned about the quantity of coronary-stent procedures performed at King’s Daughters, federal prosecutors hired a pair of doctors to review Dr. Paulus’s old cases. Kyle Clark And Andrew George, WSJ, "A Second Opinion Becomes a Guilty Verdict," 27 Dec. 2018 Among those who reported fasting routinely, the risk of being diagnosed with coronary disease was substantially lower than among those who did not fast, even when taking into account many other factors and behaviors. SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Trying Intermittent Fasting," 7 Nov. 2018 During follow-up, 9,985 people died of cardiovascular disease, and an additional 5,103 major coronary events occurred. Susan Scutti, CNN, "An egg a day might reduce your risk of heart disease, study says," 21 May 2018 In that lab, a physician first performs coronary angiography, which involves threading a thin tube into an artery and injecting a dye so that narrowing shows up on an X-ray. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Some reasons not to rush into open-heart surgery," 26 Feb. 2018 The development of coronary care units promises a profound change in the treatment of patients with coronary artery disease. Daniel C. Schlenoff, Scientific American, "“Foul Treachery” of Trotsky and Lenin in 1918; Phineas Gage’s Brain in 1868," 13 July 2018 Even when other coronary risk factors were taken into account, the chances of developing heart disease were doubled among the women with the largest waists. New York Times, "The Dangers of Belly Fat," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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

Adjective

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coronary

Adjective

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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coronary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of coronary

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

coronary

adjective
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

coronary

adjective
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 artery disease a coronary care unit a diet for the young coronary male

coronary

noun
plural coronaries

Medical Definition of coronary (Entry 2 of 2)

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