- of or relating to the heart: cardiac disease.
- of or relating to the esophageal portion of the stomach.
- Medicine/Medical. a cardiac remedy.
- a person suffering from heart disease.
Origin of cardiac
- of or relating to the heart
- of or relating to the portion of the stomach connected to the oesophagus
- a person with a heart disorder
- obsolete a drug that stimulates the heart muscle
Word Origin and History for pre-cardiac
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."
- Of, near, or relating to the heart.
- Of, near, or relating to the cardia.
- A person with a heart disorder.
- Relating to or involving the heart.