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cardiac

[kahr-dee-ak] /ˈkɑr diˌæk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the heart:
cardiac disease.
2.
of or relating to the esophageal portion of the stomach.
noun
3.
Medicine/Medical. a cardiac remedy.
4.
a person suffering from heart disease.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (< Middle French cardiaque) < Latin cardiacus < Greek kardiakós, equivalent to kardí(a) heart + -akos -ac
Related forms
postcardiac, adjective
precardiac, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for precardiac

cardiac

/ˈkɑːdɪˌæk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the heart
2.
of or relating to the portion of the stomach connected to the oesophagus
noun
3.
a person with a heart disorder
4.
(obsolete) a drug that stimulates the heart muscle
Word Origin
C17: from Latin cardiacus, from Greek, from kardia heart
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Word Origin and History for precardiac

cardiac

adj.

c.1600, from French cardiaque (14c.) or directly from Latin cardiacus, from Greek kardiakos "pertaining to the heart," from kardia "heart" (see heart (n.)). Cardiac arrest is attested from 1950.

Greek kardia also could mean "stomach" and Latin cardiacus "pertaining to the stomach." This terminology continues somewhat in modern medicine. Confusion of heart and nearby digestive organs also is reflected in Breton kalon "heart," from Old French cauldun "bowels," and English heartburn for "indigestion."

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precardiac in Medicine

cardiac car·di·ac (kär'dē-āk')
adj.

  1. Of, near, or relating to the heart.

  2. Of, near, or relating to the cardia.

n.
A person with a heart disorder.
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precardiac in Science
cardiac
  (kär'dē-āk')   
Relating to or involving the heart.
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