Angor animi

Angor animi (also referred to as angina animi<ref name="angor animi cancerweb"/><ref name="Gairdner's disease cancerweb">Gairdner's disease. Online Medical Dictionary. CancerWeb. Centre for Cancer Education. Newcastle University. http://cancerweb.ncl.ac.uk/cgi-bin/omd?query=Gairdner%27s+disease (accessed: May 04, 2007)</ref>, Gairdner's disease<ref name="Gairdner's disease cancerweb"/> and also angina pectoris sine dolore<ref name="Gairdner's disease cancerweb"/>), in medicine, is a symptom defined as a patient's perception that they are in fact dying. Most cases of angor animi are found in patients suffering from acute coronary syndrome (cardiac related chest pain) such as angina. It is, however, occasionally found in patients suffering from other conditions<ref name="angor animi cancerweb">angor animi. Online Medical Dictionary. CancerWeb. Centre for Cancer Education. Newcastle University. http://cancerweb.ncl.ac.uk/cgi-bin/omd?query=angor+animi(accessed: May 04, 2007)</ref>.

Angor animi is differentiated from a fear or desire for death<ref name="angor animi cancerweb"/>, since Angor animi refers to a patient's actual and genuine belief that they are in the present act of dying<ref name="angor animi cancerweb"/>.

The phrase is derived from the two Latin terms which it is composed of, namely angor and animi.

Angor (different but related to the word anger), in modern English, refers to a great anxiety<ref name="angor websters"/>, distress<ref name="angor unabridged">angor. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/angor (accessed: May 04, 2007).</ref>, or mental anguish<ref name="angor unabridged"/> often accompanied by a painful constriction and palpitations at the upper abdomen and lower thorax (chest)<ref name="angor websters">angor. Dictionary.com. Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary. MICRA, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/angor (accessed: May 04, 2007)</ref>.

Animi means an animating spirit, intention or temper<ref name="animi websters">animi. Dictionary.com. Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary. MICRA, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/animi (accessed: May 04, 2007)</ref>.

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