In medical terminology, coronary refers to the protective ring of blood vessels surrounding the heart and supplying it with oxygen and other nutrients.

Coronary is generally used as a short term for coronary thrombosis, in other words a heart attack. Thrombosis is the act of those vessels clogging up. So cut back on the French fries and hit that exercise bike. The term coronary comes from the Latin word corona for crown, meaning king. In medieval times it was the duty of the curuner to protect the local interests of the crown, and so the term coronary was later developed by doctors to describe the way the blood vessels around the heart protected it.

Definitions of coronary

adj surrounding like a crown (especially of the blood vessels surrounding the heart)

coronary arteries”

adj of or relating to the heart


n obstruction of blood flow in a coronary artery by a blood clot (thrombus)

coronary thrombosis
Type of:
the formation or presence of a thrombus (a clot of coagulated blood attached at the site of its formation) in a blood vessel
coronary heart disease
a heart disease due to an abnormality of the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart

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