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[ep-i-kahr-dee-uh m] /ˌɛp ɪˈkɑr di əm/
noun, plural epicardia
[ep-i-kahr-dee-uh] /ˌɛp ɪˈkɑr di ə/ (Show IPA).
the inner serous layer of the pericardium, lying directly upon the heart.
Origin of epicardium
From New Latin, dating back to 1860-65; See origin at epi-, -cardium
Related forms
epicardial, epicardiac, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for epicardia


noun (pl) -dia (-dɪə)
(anatomy) the innermost layer of the pericardium, in direct contact with the heart
Derived Forms
epicardiac, epicardial, adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from epi- + Greek kardia heart
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epicardia in Medicine

epicardia ep·i·car·di·a (ěp'ĭ-kär'dē-ə)
The lower portion of the esophagus extending through the diaphragm to the stomach.

epicardium ep·i·car·di·um (ěp'ĭ-kär'dē-əm)
n. pl. ep·i·car·di·a (-dē-ə)
The inner layer of the pericardium that is in contact with the surface of the heart. Also called visceral layer.

ep'i·car'di·al adj.
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