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[an-jahy-nuh; in Medicine/Medical often an-juh-nuh] /ænˈdʒaɪ nə; in Medicine/Medical often ˈæn dʒə nə/
noun, Pathology
any attack of painful spasms characterized by sensations of choking or suffocating.
any disease of the throat or fauces.
Origin of angina
1580-90; < Latin angina quinsey, for *ancina < Greek anchónē, strangulation, hanging, influenced by Latin ang(ere) to throttle (see anger) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for angina
  • Such patients usually experience angina at rest, not on exertion.
  • Medications used to treat asthma and angina may interfere with test results.
  • Half of the patients got better, even though they had not responded to standard treatments for angina.
  • Angioplasty can help reduce the frequency of angina attacks.
  • Nitroglycerine patches protect people who suffer from angina.
  • Beta blockers are commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure and certain forms of heart problems, such as angina.
  • Without treatment, patients with angina or congestive heart failure do poorly.
  • One fellow who came in had suffered severe angina symptoms while practicing yoga.
  • angina that changes in intensity, character or frequency is termed unstable.
British Dictionary definitions for angina


any disease marked by painful attacks of spasmodic choking, such as Vincent's angina and quinsy
Also called angina pectoris (ˈpɛktərɪs). a sudden intense pain in the chest, often accompanied by feelings of suffocation, caused by momentary lack of adequate blood supply to the heart muscle
Derived Forms
anginal, adjective
anginose (ænˈdʒaɪnəʊs; -nəʊz), anginous, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: quinsy, from Greek ankhonē a strangling
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Word Origin and History for angina

1570s, from Latin angina "infection of the throat," from Greek ankhone "a strangling" (see anger); probably influenced in Latin by angere "to throttle." Angina pectoris is from 1744, from Latin pectoris, genitive of pectus "chest" (see pectoral (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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angina in Medicine

angina an·gi·na (ān-jī'nə, ān'jə-)

  1. A severe constricting pain, especially angina pectoris.

  2. A sore throat.

an·gi'nal adj.
an'gi·nose' (-jə-nōs') adj.
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