[an-jahy-nuh; in Medicine/Medical often an-juh-nuh]
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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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of angina

  • 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 is only used in attacks of cardiac spasm, as in angina pectoris.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

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

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

British Dictionary definitions for angina


  1. any disease marked by painful attacks of spasmodic choking, such as Vincent's angina and quinsy
  2. 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 Formsanginal, adjectiveanginose (ænˈdʒaɪnəʊs, -nəʊz) or anginous, adjective

Word Origin for angina

C16: from Latin: quinsy, from Greek ankhonē a strangling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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

angina in Medicine


[ăn-jīnə, ănjə-]
  1. A severe constricting pain, especially angina pectoris.
  2. A sore throat.
Related formsan•ginal adj.angi•nose′ (-jə-nōs′) adj.
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