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[an-jahy-nuh; in Medicine/Medical often an-juh-nuh] /ænˈdʒaɪ nə; in Medicine/Medical often ˈæn dʒə nə/
noun, Pathology.
any attack of painful spasms characterized by sensations of choking or suffocating.
any disease of the throat or fauces.
Origin of angina
1580-90; < Latin angina quinsey, for *ancina < Greek anchónē, strangulation, hanging, influenced by Latin ang(ere) to throttle (see anger) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for angina
Historical Examples
  • In the night which followed Pascal had another attack of angina pectoris.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • Frank Mathers thought that his complaint was angina Pectoris.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • Could it be angina pectoris, or some other strange and terrible disease?

    The Outrage Annie Vivanti
  • It has been thought by some that the pain in angina pectoris might be due to this cause.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • It is only used in attacks of cardiac spasm, as in angina pectoris.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • This has nearly disappeared, but he is still free from angina.

  • I thought it was clearly established that Jimmie died from angina pectoris?

    The Red Seal Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • "From angina pectoris," finished Kent, as the detective paused.

    The Red Seal Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • The real malady from which he suffered was breast-pang, or spasms of the heart, a form of angina pectoris.

  • At times the angina causes such swelling in the throat that the breathing is interfered with completely.

British Dictionary definitions for angina


any disease marked by painful attacks of spasmodic choking, such as Vincent's angina and quinsy
Also called angina pectoris (ˈpɛktərɪs). a sudden intense pain in the chest, often accompanied by feelings of suffocation, caused by momentary lack of adequate blood supply to the heart muscle
Derived Forms
anginal, adjective
anginose (ænˈdʒaɪnəʊs; -nəʊz), anginous, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: quinsy, from Greek ankhonē a strangling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for angina

1570s, from Latin angina "infection of the throat," from Greek ankhone "a strangling" (see anger); probably influenced in Latin by angere "to throttle." Angina pectoris is from 1744, from Latin pectoris, genitive of pectus "chest" (see pectoral (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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angina in Medicine

angina an·gi·na (ān-jī'nə, ān'jə-)

  1. A severe constricting pain, especially angina pectoris.

  2. A sore throat.

an·gi'nal adj.
an'gi·nose' (-jə-nōs') adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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