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widow–maker

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noun wid·ow–mak·er \ˈwi-(ˌ)dō-ˌmā-kər\
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widow maker

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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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