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angina

Syllabification: an·gi·na
Pronunciation: /anˈjīnə
 
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Definition of angina in English:

noun

1 (also angina pectoris /ˈpektəris/) A condition marked by severe pain in the chest, often also spreading to the shoulders, arms, and neck, caused by an inadequate blood supply to the heart.
Example sentences
  • Signs of heart disease include having had a previous heart attack, angina pectoris (chest pain when you walk or run), or procedures to prevent a heart attack (like coronary bypass surgery or angioplasty).
  • If reduced flow occurs in the arteries that supply your heart with blood (coronary arteries), it can lead to a type of chest pain called angina pectoris.
  • Pain caused through this means should be taken seriously to exclude serious conditions like angina pectoris or any heart problem.
2 [with modifier] Any of a number of disorders in which there is an intense localized pain: Ludwig’s angina

Origin

mid 16th century (in the Latin sense): from Latin, 'quinsy', from Greek ankhonē 'strangling'; pectoris (sense 1): Latin, 'of the chest'.

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  • The Latin word angere, ‘to choke, squeeze, or strangle’, is the source of a number of English words. The most obvious is perhaps angina, which originally meant quinsy (an inflammation of the throat) and later referred to angina pectoris, a heart condition characterized by a feeling of suffocation and severe pain. Nervous tension can produce feelings of tightness in the throat and chest, which explains why angere is indirectly the root of anguish (Middle English) and anxiety (early 16th century).

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