One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to or denoting the arteries which surround and supply the heart.
- ‘The cause of coronary heart disease is a narrowing of the arteries that supply the heart with blood.’
- ‘Still, some patients with coronary calcium have arteries that are partially blocked, restricting blood flow to the heart muscle during stress.’
- ‘Tests show that he has severe coronary artery disease and needs coronary by-pass surgery.’
- ‘Your doctor will likely prescribe medications to prevent blood clots, relax your arteries and protect against coronary spasms.’
- ‘The drug was most commonly prescribed to treat coronary artery disease and following coronary stent placement.’
- 1.1 Relating to or denoting a structure which encircles a part of the body.
- short for coronary thrombosis
- ‘On a mass scale there never was a need for aspirin to prevent coronaries in people who had never had a heart attack.’
- ‘Nonetheless, the parents in the town were close to having coronaries and kept a close watch on their children, also enforcing an early curfew.’
- ‘Many had high blood pressure with the risk of coronaries and there were a lot of ulcers.’
- ‘All this activity led him to have a heart transplant in 1996, after eight coronaries, and he received a 26-year-old's heart.’
- ‘The man insisted on working despite two coronaries.’
Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘resembling a crown’): from Latin coronarius, from corona ‘wreath, crown’.
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