[kawr-uh-ner-ee, kor-]


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 cor·o·nar·ies.

Pathology. a heart attack, especially a coronary thrombosis.


Nearby words

  1. coronal mass ejection,
  2. coronal plane,
  3. coronal suture,
  4. coronarism,
  5. coronaritis,
  6. coronary arteries,
  7. coronary artery,
  8. coronary artery disease,
  9. coronary bypass,
  10. coronary bypass surgery

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 formspost·cor·o·nar·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coronary



anatomy designating blood vessels, nerves, ligaments, etc, that encircle a part or structure

noun plural -naries

Word Origin for coronary

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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Medicine definitions for coronary




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


A coronary thrombosis.

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Science definitions for coronary



Relating to or involving the heart.
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Culture definitions for 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.


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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