[ kahr-dee-uh ]


, Anatomy.
, plural car·di·ae [kahr, -dee-ee], car·di·as.
  1. an opening that connects the esophagus and the upper part of the stomach.


  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.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cardia1

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

Origin of cardia2

Perhaps originally representing Greek kardía heart, though coincidence with the abstract noun suffix -ia has influenced sense

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Example Sentences

“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.”

The men were “very confident,” said Lt. Col. Davide Cardia of the tax police.

“There will be a trial for attempted fraud, but since the men were not arrested, I am assuming they fled Italy,” said Cardia.

Cardia; friendship, a friendly welcome, additional time granted for paying a debt.

Another Greek, Eumenes of Cardia, was chief secretary (ἀρχιγραμματεύς).

He had formed an alliance with Cardia, Perinthus and Byzantium.

In this stage the peristalsis of the gullet is sufficient to force the food through the cardia.

In the Chersonese then the Phenicians made themselves masters of all the other cities except the city of Cardia.