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[kawr-uh-ner-ee, kor-] /ˈkɔr əˌnɛr i, ˈkɒr-/
of or relating to the human heart, with respect to health.
  1. pertaining to the arteries that supply the heart tissues and originate in the root of the aorta.
  2. encircling like a crown, as certain blood vessels.
of or like a crown.
noun, plural coronaries.
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.
Related forms
postcoronary, adjective Unabridged
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  • The coronary band, a prominent fleshy cornice encircling the foot just below and parallel to the perioplic band.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • In these cases the coronary arteries share in the generalized arteriosclerotic process.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • One bold incision from the uppermost limit of the swelling down to the coronary margin of the wall is usually sufficient.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot Harry Caulton Reeks
  • In many cases sclerosis of the coronary arteries as a part of general arteriosclerosis has been found.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • When you had the heart model over at the hospital, you showed me the coronary artery, you remember?

    The Right Time Walter Bupp
British Dictionary definitions for coronary


(anatomy) designating blood vessels, nerves, ligaments, etc, that encircle a part or structure
noun (pl) -naries
Word Origin
C17: from Latin corōnārius belonging to a wreath or crown; see corona
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Word Origin and History for coronary

c.1600, "suitable for garlands," from Latin coronarius "of a crown," from corona "crown" (see crown (n.)). Anatomical use is 1670s for structure of blood vessels that surround the heart like a crown. Short for coronary thrombosis it dates from 1955. Coronary artery is recorded from 1741.

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coronary in Medicine

coronary cor·o·nar·y (kôr'ə-něr'ē)

  1. Of, relating to, or being the coronary arteries or coronary veins.

  2. Of or relating to the heart.

A coronary thrombosis.
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coronary in Science
Relating to or involving the heart.
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coronary in Culture
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.

Note: 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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