Definition of cor pulmonale in English:

Share this entry

cor pulmonale

Pronunciation: /ˌkôr ˌpo͝olməˈnalē/ Pronunciation: /-ˈnälē/

noun

Medicine
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.

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: cor pul·mo·na·le

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.