[ kawr-uh-ner-ee, kor- ]
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  1. of or relating to the human heart, with respect to health.

  2. Medicine/Medical.

    • pertaining to the arteries that supply the heart tissues and originate in the root of the aorta.

    • encircling like a crown, as certain blood vessels.

  1. of or like a crown.

noun,plural cor·o·nar·ies.
  1. 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.

Other words from coronary

  • post·cor·o·nar·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for coronary


/ (ˈkɒrənərɪ) /

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

nounplural -naries

Origin of coronary

C17: from Latin corōnārius belonging to a wreath or crown; see corona

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Scientific definitions for coronary


[ kôrə-nĕr′ē ]

  1. Relating to or involving the heart.

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Cultural 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.

Notes for coronary

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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