coronary c.1600 (adj.) "suitable for garlands," from L. coronarius "of a crown," from corona "crown" (see CROWN (Cf. crown)). Anatomical use is 1670s for structure of blood vessels that surround the heart like a crown. Short for coronary thrombosis it dates from 1955. Coronary artery is recorded from 1741.

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  • Coronary — Cor o*na*ry (k?r ? n? r?), a. [L. coronarius: cf. F. coronaire.] 1. Of or pertaining to a crown; forming, or adapted to form, a crown or garland. Coronary thorns. Bp. Pearson. [1913 Webster] The catalogue of coronary plants is not large in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coronary — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to or denoting the arteries which surround and supply the heart. ► NOUN (pl. coronaries) (also coronary thrombosis) ▪ a blockage of the flow of blood to the heart, caused by a clot in a coronary artery. ORIGIN Latin… …   English terms dictionary

  • Coronary — Cor o*na*ry, n. 1. A small bone in the foot of a horse. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. Informal shortening of {coronary thrombosis}, also used informally to mean {heart attack}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coronary — [kôr′ə ner΄ē, kär′ə ner΄ē] adj. [L coronarius: see CROWN] 1. of, or in the form of, a crown 2. Anat. a) like a crown; encircling b) designating or relating to either of two arteries, or their branches, coming from the aorta and supplying blood… …   English World dictionary

  • coronary — 1. Relating to or resembling a crown. 2. Encircling; denoting various anatomical structures, e.g., nerves, blood vessel s, ligaments. 3. Specifically, denoting the c. blood vessel s of the heart and, colloquially, c. thrombosis. [L. coronarius;… …   Medical dictionary

  • coronary — I. adjective Date: 1610 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 II. noun (plural naries) Date: 1893 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • coronary — /kawr euh ner ee, kor /, adj., n., pl. coronaries. adj. 1. of or pertaining to the human heart, with respect to health. 2. Med. a. pertaining to the arteries that supply the heart tissues and originate in the root of the aorta. b. encircling like …   Universalium

  • coronary — I UK [ˈkɒrən(ə)rɪ] / US [ˈkɔrəˌnerɪ] adjective medical relating to your heart the risk of coronary heart disease II UK [ˈkɒrən(ə)rɪ] / US [ˈkɔrəˌnerɪ] noun [countable] Word forms coronary : singular coronary plural coronaries medical a heart… …   English dictionary

  • coronary —   a. crown shaped; Anatomy, that encircles; n. coronary thrombosis.    ♦ coronary    ♦ artery, artery supplying heart tissues with blood.    ♦ coronary thrombosis, formation of clot in coronary artery …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • coronary — adj. & n. adj. Anat. resembling or encircling like a crown. n. (pl. ies) = coronary thrombosis. Phrases and idioms: coronary artery an artery supplying blood to the heart. coronary thrombosis Med. a blockage of the blood flow caused by a blood… …   Useful english dictionary

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