[ kahr-dee-uh ]

noun,plural car·di·ae [kahr-dee-ee], /ˈkɑr diˌi/, car·di·as.Anatomy.
  1. 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

Other definitions for -cardia (2 of 2)


  1. 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

Perhaps originally representing Greek kardíaheart, though coincidence with the abstract noun suffix -ia has influenced sense Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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