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cor pulmonale Syllabification: cor pul·mo·na·le
Pronunciation: /ˌkôr ˌpo͝olməˈnalē/ /-ˈnälē/

Definition of cor pulmonale in English:


Abnormal enlargement of the right side of the heart as a result of disease of the lungs or the pulmonary blood vessels.
Example sentences
  • Without treatment, pulmonary hypertension can progress to cor pulmonale: right heart failure associated with pulmonary disease and pulmonary vascular disease in the absence of congenital heart disease or left sided heart disease.
  • A 41-year-old man underwent a heart/lung transplant in February 1997 for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and cor pulmonale.
  • Nevertheless she passed her exams effortlessly, was awarded a doctorate for her research into cor pulmonale arising from lung diseases in the black population, and went on to pursue a career in anatomical pathology.


Mid 19th century: from Latin cor 'heart' and modern Latin pulmonalis (from Latin pulmo(n-) 'lung').

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