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 The report looks at 12 low-value services including hysterectomies for benign disease, coronary stents for a stable heart and diagnostic tests like head imaging for fainting. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "US hospitals overused elective procedures and tests before pandemic, report shows. Experts say focus must return to patient safety.," 4 May 2021 Floyd had narrowed coronary arteries, known as atherosclerosis, according to Fowler. Ray Sanchez, Eric Levenson And Aaron Cooper, CNN, "Derek Chauvin takes the Fifth, the defense rests, and closings next in trial of George Floyd's death," 16 Apr. 2021 After suffering from chest pains in 2011, Philip successfully underwent coronary angioplasty and stenting. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 99," 9 Apr. 2021 Nelson asked Tobin about 70 to 90% blockage found in Floyd's coronary arteries and whether that may have been a contributing factor. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Medical expert: 'In a vise,' George Floyd did everything he could as he struggled to breathe," 8 Apr. 2021 Geoffrey Barnes, an assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, expressed concern over the narrowing of three of Floyd’s coronary arteries. Washington Post, "At the heart of Derek Chauvin’s trial is this question: What killed George Floyd?," 9 Mar. 2021 It was revealed later that Parades suffered from an undetected coronary disease. Sly Sanchez,, "Wipeout is back! Why the return of the Big Balls 'was only a matter of time'," 2 Mar. 2021 Early coronary angiography was performed on 49.2% of women, compared to 54.1% of men. Lauren Mascarenhas And Andrea Diaz, CNN, "Women who have heart attacks receive less extensive care than men, research suggests," 29 Sep. 2020 Hospitals began admitting patients with signs of cardiac arrest—chest pains, trouble breathing—and preparing emergency coronary catheterizations. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, "The Plague Year," 28 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And when Meaghan Wolfe, the elections administrator in Wisconsin, walked through the state’s laborious process of double-checking vote counts on television, the nation nearly had a collective coronary. David M. Shribman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: The 2020 presidential election may be over but the politicking has just begun," 5 Nov. 2020 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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“Coronary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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