coronary

adjective
cor·o·nary | \ˈkȯr-ə-ˌner-ē, 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

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 For one thing, the test measures arterial plaque that is hardened and firmly attached to the lining of coronary vessels. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "One More Heart Test to Consider: A Calcium Scan," 2 Apr. 2018 These include the elderly and frail, and people with complications such as kidney disease and coronary obstructive pulmonary disease. Marlene Cimons, Washington Post, "Latest heart valve treatment allows more patients to avoid open-heart surgery," 10 June 2018 Or Kelly - who was said to have advanced coronary disease - may have suffered a fatal medical emergency in the midst of an interrogation, and perhaps panicked authorities disposed of his body. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "New book challenges investigation into death of Brit weapons expert," 7 May 2018 Despite two coronary bypass surgeries, Mahathir kept up a hectic campaign schedule. Washington Post, "Ex-strongman seeks legacy as savior of Malaysia’s democracy," 12 May 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'coronary.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about coronary

Statistics for coronary

Last Updated

26 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for coronary

The first known use of coronary was in 1610

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for coronary

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 \

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- \

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)

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on coronary

What made you want to look up coronary? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a generally accepted meaning of a word

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!