angina pectoris(redirected from Heberden, William)
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Severe paroxysmal pain in the chest associated with an insufficient supply of blood to the heart.
[New Latin : Latin angina, quinsy + pectoris, genitive of pectus, chest.]
angi′na pec′to•ris(ˈpɛk tə rɪs)
a sensation of crushing pressure in the chest, usu. at the sternum and sometimes radiating to the back or arm, caused by ischemia of the heart muscle.
[1760–70; < New Latin: angina of the chest]
A condition characterized by pain in the chest and sometimes the left arm, especially during times of stress or exertion. The cause is inadequate oxygen to the heart, sometimes a result of narrowed coronary arteries.