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Meaning of angina pectoris

angi'na pec'to•ris

Pronunciation: (pek'tu-ris), [key]
— Pathol. Pathol.
  1. a syndrome characterized by paroxysmal, constricting pain below the sternum, most easily precipitated by exertion or excitement and caused by ischemia of the heart muscle, usually due to a coronary artery disease, as arteriosclerosis.
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