Definition of coronary in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting the arteries that surround and supply the heart.

    • ‘The cause of coronary heart disease is a narrowing of the arteries that supply the heart with blood.’
    • ‘The drug was most commonly prescribed to treat coronary artery disease and following coronary stent placement.’
    • ‘Your doctor will likely prescribe medications to prevent blood clots, relax your arteries and protect against coronary spasms.’
    • ‘Tests show that he has severe coronary artery disease and needs coronary by-pass surgery.’
    • ‘Still, some patients with coronary calcium have arteries that are partially blocked, restricting blood flow to the heart muscle during stress.’
    1. 1.1Relating to or denoting a structure that encircles a part of the body.


    • ‘Many had high blood pressure with the risk of coronaries and there were a lot of ulcers.’
    • ‘On a mass scale there never was a need for aspirin to prevent coronaries in people who had never had a heart attack.’
    • ‘The man insisted on working despite two coronaries.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, the parents in the town were close to having coronaries and kept a close watch on their children, also enforcing an early curfew.’
    • ‘All this activity led him to have a heart transplant in 1996, after eight coronaries, and he received a 26-year-old's heart.’


Mid 17th century (in the sense resembling a crown): from Latin coronarius, from corona wreath, crown.