I. noun — [ mass noun] 1. (also angina pectoris) — a condition marked by severe pain in the chest, often also spreading to the shoulders, arms, and neck, owing to an inadequate blood supply to the heart. • he had high blood pressure and he suffered from angina.
[Latin pectoris ‘of the chest’.]
2. [with modifier] — any of a number of disorders in which there is an intense localized pain • Ludwig’s angina.
II. derivatives anginal adjective
– origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin, ‘quinsy’, from Greek ankhonē ‘strangling’.