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a combining form meaning “heart,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, cardi-.
< Greek kardio-, combining form of kardía Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cardio
  • But the employees felt better about bosses who exercised, whether it was yoga, cardio or weight lifting.
  • The gym has a large stretching area, a selection of free weights and cardio machines that overlook the stern.
  • The large fitness center on the ship offers weight machines, treadmills and other cardio equipment.
  • The fitness center also has a gymnasium with cardio and weight training equipment.
  • It's annoying when people blather on while they're on the cardio machines.
  • cardio exercises are great because they exercise your heart.
  • The gym includes teaching areas, bouldering walls and fitness facilities for cardio and strength training.
British Dictionary definitions for cardio


combining form
heart: cardiogram
Word Origin
from Greek kardia heart
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Word Origin and History for cardio


before vowels cardi-, word-forming element meaning "pertaining to the heart," from Latinized form of Greek kardia "heart" (see heart (n.)).

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cardio in Medicine

cardio- or cardi-

  1. Heart: cardiovascular.

  2. Cardia: cardiodiosis.

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