cardiomyopathy

[kahr-dee-oh-mahy-op-uh-thee]
noun Pathology.
any disease of the heart muscle, leading to decreased function: usually of unknown cause.

Origin:
1960–65; cardio- + myopathy

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To cardiomyopathy
Collins
World English Dictionary
cardiomyopathy (ˌkɑːdɪəʊmaɪˈɒpəθɪ)
 
n
pathol a disease of the heart muscle usually caused by a biochemical defect or a toxin such as alcohol

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

cardiomyopathy car·di·o·my·op·a·thy (kär'dē-ō-mī-ŏp'ə-thē)
n.
A disease or disorder of the heart muscle, especially of unknown cause. Also called myocardiopathy.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
cardiomyopathy   (kär'dē-ō-mī-ŏp'ə-thē)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various structural or functional abnormalities of the cardiac muscle, usually characterized by loss of muscle efficiency and sometimes heart failure. Cardiomyopathy can result from numerous causes, including congenital defects, acute or chronic infections, coronary artery disease, drugs and toxins, metabolic disorders, connective tissue disorders, or nutritional deficiencies. In some patients, the cause is unknown.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

cardiomyopathy

any cardiac disease process that results in heart failure due to a decrease in the pumping power of the heart or due to an impairment in the filling of the cardiac chambers. Persons with cardiomyopathy frequently retain excess fluid, resulting in congestion of the lungs, and have symptoms of weakness, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Sometimes they develop a potentially fatal arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm

Learn more about cardiomyopathy with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Cardiomyopathy is usually discovered when the doctor is examining and testing you for the cause of heart failure.
Ischemic cardiomyopathy is a common cause of heart failure.
Signs and symptoms are similar to restrictive cardiomyopathy and cardiac tamponade.
Click the icon to see an image of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;