widow–maker

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noun wid·ow–mak·er \ˈwi-dō-ˌmā-kər, -də-\
variants: or

widow maker

or less commonly

widowmaker

Definition of widow–maker

  1. :  something having the potential to cause sudden loss of life “Our biggest worry is the mines,” says Sgt. Darrell McCoy. The Third Platoon has been well trained to handle those widow-makers. — David H. Hackworth: such asa :  a loose limb hanging in or falling from a tree Broken branches that are hung up high in the canopy are called widow makers, for good reason. — Jack Ewingb :  a blockage in a branch of the left coronary artery that commonly causes a fatal heart attack; also :  the branch of the left coronary artery susceptible to fatal blockage One of my arteries—one known as “the widowmaker”—was almost completely blocked. — Rob Mikulak

First Known Use of widow–maker

1843


Medical Dictionary

widow–maker

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noun wid·ow–mak·er \ˈwi-(ˌ)dō-ˌmā-kər\
variants: or

widow maker

also

widowmaker

Medical Definition of widow–maker

  1. :  a blockage in a branch of the left coronary artery that commonly causes a fatal heart attack As the dye fills the coronary arteries surrounding and feeding the heart muscle, they can often be seen with remarkable clarity. So can the small constrictions inside the vessels—“widow-makers,” cardiologists call them …—H. Garrett DeYoung, High Technology, March 1983; also :  the branch of the left coronary artery susceptible to fatal blockage One of my arteries—one known as “the widowmaker”—was almost completely blocked.—Rob Mikulak, The Asheville (North Carolina) Citizen-Times, 6 Feb. 2011


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