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

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

perhaps orig. representing Greek kardía heart, though coincidence with the abstract noun suffix -ia has influenced sense Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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n. pl. car•di•as

The opening of the esophagus into the stomach.
The upper portion of the stomach that adjoins this opening.
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