coronary

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adjective

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

2 of 2

noun

plural coronaries

Example Sentences

Noun I almost had a coronary when I heard the news.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
In the past two years, the hospital received state approval to begin placing coronary stents, which means Wyckoff no longer sends every heart attack patient on a lengthy ambulance ride to Manhattan. Joseph Goldstein Desiree Rios, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2022 In Texas, he reportedly was put in a medically induced coma for four days and had two coronary stents replaced. Dennis Mclellan, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Nov. 2022 In Texas, he reportedly was put in a medically induced coma for four days and had two coronary stents replaced. Dennis Mclellan, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 For white women, the top cause of death was by far mental health issues, accounting for nearly 35% of deaths, followed by hemorrhage (12%), cardiac and coronary conditions (11%), and infection (11%). Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 23 Sep. 2022 Black mothers, who are three times as likely as white mothers to die, made up close to a third of deaths and were most likely to die of cardiac and coronary problems. Nada Hassanein, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2022 The scan is a noninvasive, painless cardiac calcium scoring scan that measures the extent of plaque buildup in the coronary arteries. Staff Report, Chicago Tribune, 4 Oct. 2022 One area not touched on in the USPSTF guidelines, for instance, is a person's coronary calcium score. Jen Christensen, CNN, 23 Aug. 2022 Most people with blockages in large arteries, such as the carotid, aorta or coronary vessels, should be on medication to reduce heart disease risk. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 23 Aug. 2022
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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Adjective

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of coronary was in 1610

Dictionary Entries Near coronary

Cite this Entry

“Coronary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coronary. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

coronary

1 of 2 adjective
cor·​o·​nary ˈkȯr-ə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce coronary (audio)
ˈkär-
: of, relating to, or being the vessels that carry blood to or away from the heart
also : of or relating to the heart

coronary

2 of 2 noun
plural coronaries
1
: a coronary blood vessel
2

Medical Definition

coronary

1 of 2 adjective
cor·​o·​nary ˈkȯr-ə-ˌner-ē, ˈkär- How to pronounce coronary (audio)
1
: resembling a crown or circlet : encircling another part
2
a
: 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

coronary

2 of 2 noun
plural coronaries

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