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angina pectoris

[pek-tuh-ris] /ˈpɛk tə rɪs/
noun, Pathology.
1.
a syndrome characterized by paroxysmal, constricting pain below the sternum, most easily precipitated by exertion or excitement and caused by ischemia of the heart muscle, usually due to a coronary artery disease, as arteriosclerosis.
Origin of angina pectoris
1760-1770
1760-70; < New Latin: angina of the chest
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Examples from the Web for angina pectoris
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
  • 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.

  • He d. suddenly of angina pectoris in the midst of his usefulness and growing influence.

  • They were said to be due to angina pectoris, the latter paroxysms having been the most severe.

    The Well-Beloved Thomas Hardy
angina pectoris in Medicine

angina pectoris angina pec·to·ris (pěk'tər-ĭs)
n.
Severe constricting chest pain, often radiating from the precordium to the left shoulder and down the arm, due to insufficient blood supply to the heart that is usually caused by coronary disease. Also called stenocardia.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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angina pectoris in Science
angina pectoris
  (ān-jī'nə pěk'tər-ĭs)   
Episodic constricting chest pain, often radiating to the left shoulder and down the left arm, caused by an insufficient supply of blood to the heart. Coronary artery disease is a common cause of angina pectoris.
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angina pectoris in Culture
angina pectoris [(an-jeye-nuh, an-juh-nuh pek-tuh-ris)]

Severe chest pains caused by an insufficient supply of blood to the heart.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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