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[kawr-uh-ner-ee, kor-] /ˈkɔr əˌnɛr i, ˈkɒr-/
of or relating to the human heart, with respect to health.
  1. pertaining to the arteries that supply the heart tissues and originate in the root of the aorta.
  2. encircling like a crown, as certain blood vessels.
of or like a crown.
noun, plural coronaries.
Pathology. a heart attack, especially a coronary thrombosis.
Origin of coronary
1600-10; < Latin corōnārius, equivalent to corōn(a) crown + -ārius -ary; in reference to the heart, extended from coronary artery, coronary vein, etc.
Related forms
postcoronary, adjective Unabridged
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(anatomy) designating blood vessels, nerves, ligaments, etc, that encircle a part or structure
noun (pl) -naries
Word Origin
C17: from Latin corōnārius belonging to a wreath or crown; see corona
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Word Origin and History for coronary

c.1600, "suitable for garlands," from Latin coronarius "of a crown," from corona "crown" (see crown (n.)). 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 in Medicine

coronary cor·o·nar·y (kôr'ə-něr'ē)

  1. Of, relating to, or being the coronary arteries or coronary veins.

  2. Of or relating to the heart.

A coronary thrombosis.
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coronary in Science
Relating to or involving the heart.
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coronary in Culture
coronary [(kor-uh-ner-ee, kawr-uh-ner-ee)]

A descriptive term for the heart or the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle.

Note: The word coronary is often used by itself in an informal sense to refer to a heart attack or coronary thrombosis.
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