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 For reference, statins, regarded as one of the most beneficial and universally supported medications used in the treatment of heart disease, reduce the risk of major coronary events by roughly 30%. John C. Messinger, STAT, 25 Mar. 2022 In contrast, there was no relationship between the reduction in coronary events on statin therapy and the extent of LDL cholesterol lowering11. Christos Varounis, Scientific American, 3 Nov. 2021 The disease is triggered by plaque buildup in the wall of the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart and other parts of the human body, according to the United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Abigail Adams,, 14 Apr. 2022 As cholesterol continues to accumulate, the coronary arteries narrow and start to inhibit blood flow, according to the CDC. Ashley Abramson, SELF, 13 Apr. 2022 Some had acute coronary syndrome pre-COVID, and others presented with the syndrome during COVID. Serena Coady, SELF, 9 Feb. 2022 Well, one way to find out is to have a coronary calcium scan. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 4 Feb. 2022 Assad, a former Milwaukee grocery store owner, suffered from a coronary condition. Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2022 The Peloton of it all turns Big’s coronary into a comedy sketch. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 9 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Have a coronary if Carney walked in with that kind of weight. Colson Whitehead, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 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, 5 Nov. 2020 The Alp family tree was a stump mutilated by cancer and coronaries. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, 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, 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, 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, 12 Jan. 2018 See More

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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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corona radiata


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21 May 2022

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“Coronary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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