- an opening that connects the esophagus and the upper part of the stomach.
Origin of cardia
1775–85; < New Latin < Greek kardía a medical term for this opening, literally, heart; perhaps so called because the opening is on the same side of the body as the heart
- a combining form occurring in compounds that denote an anomalous or undesirable action or position of the heart, as specified by the initial element: dextrocardia; tachycardia.
Origin of -cardia
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Examples from the Web for cardia
“They were probably trying to use the certificates to open a line of credit at the Vatican,” said Cardia.
Cardia said that “when we started questioning them their confidence faded rapidly.”
“There will be a trial for attempted fraud, but since the men were not arrested, I am assuming they fled Italy,” said Cardia.
He had formed an alliance with Cardia, Perinthus and Byzantium.
He compiled mostly, for this period, from a contemporary historian, Hieronymus of Cardia.A Manual of Ancient History
A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren
On examining the œsophagus near the cardia, it was found of a dark colour in lines.
Cancer of the cardia cannot be felt by palpation of the abdomen unless the tumor extends down upon the body of the stomach.
Pericarditis is much less common; it is most likely to occur with cancer of the cardia.
- The opening of the esophagus into the stomach.
- The upper portion of the stomach that adjoins this opening.
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