The definition of angina, short for "angina pectoris" which is the Latin term for squeezing of the chest, is a discomfort in the chest that takes place when a decrease in blood oxygen supply occurs in the heart muscle.
(pathology, cardiology) A chest pain or shortness of breath occurring with lesser degrees of arterial blockage.
Types - Stable (caused by exertion), unstable (caused by little or no exertion) and variant (caused by a spasm of a coronary artery - rare and occurs without any symptoms).
Other Word Forms
Origin of angina
Latin quinsyfrom Greek ankhonēa stranglingangh- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latinangina (“quinsy, literally strangling, choking”), from angere (“to strangle, choke”).
Angina Sentence Examples
As an example may be taken the use of nitrite of amyl in angina pectoris.
It was when he was in the full tide of his popularity and success, and apparently in the full tide of his personal vigour also, that he was struck with angina pectoris.
That night he was stricken with an acute attack of angina pectoris, and on the following day he died.
Inhalations of the gas are of service in pneumonia, bronchitis, heart disease, asthma, angina and other conditions accompanied by cyanosis and dyspnoea.
According to ancient authorities, she was a goddess who relieved men from pain and sorrow, or delivered the Romans and their flocks from angina (quinsy); or she was the protecting goddess of Rome and the keeper of the sacred name of the city, which might not be pronounced lest it should be revealed to her enemies; it was even thought that Angerona itself was this name.