Dans cet exercice, il est écrit «angine» pour «mal de gorge». Je pensais que "l'angine" avait à voir avec le coeur?

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Connie

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2 December 2018

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Dans cet exercice, il est écrit «angine» pour «mal de gorge». Je pensais que "l'angine" avait à voir avec le coeur?

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French writing exercise "At the doctor"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

3 December 2018

3/12/18

Hi Connie, 

There are indeed two meanings to 'angine' in French :

The first one refers to 'tonsillitis' and the other ,

'angine de poitrine' is angina which refers to a heart condition..

Hope this helps!

Chris

Kwiziq community member

3 December 2018

3/12/18

There is "angina pectoris" which is a condition of the heart and "angina tonsillaris", generally an inflammation of the tonsils or the throat. Very different medical conditions. In general usage and without additional specification, "angina" us normally interpreted as a condition of the throat.

Connie

Kwiziq community member

4 December 2018

4/12/18

Thank you both!  Is “angine” the more commonly used term for “sore throat” in France?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

4 December 2018

4/12/18

You can say - 'mal de gorge' for just a sore throat but among the many hypochondriacs (malades imaginaires) in France it could easily escalate to 'une angine'....    ;-)

Chris

Kwiziq community member

4 December 2018

4/12/18

Une angine is a purulent inflammation of the throat/tonsillis. It is not a medical term, strictly speaking, but more in colloquial use. A throat ache is also not a diagnosis per se but a symptom of many maladies.

An angina pectoris is a precursor to a heart attack. It arises from diminished blood supply to the heart.

OK, enough of med-speak.

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