a combining form meaning “heart,” used in the formation of compound words: cardiogram.

Also especially before a vowel, cardi-.

Origin of cardio-

< Greek kardio-, combining form of kardía Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cardio-


before a vowel cardi-

combining form


Word Origin for cardio-

from Greek kardia heart
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Word Origin and History for cardio-

before vowels cardi-, word-forming element meaning "pertaining to the heart," from Latinized form of Greek kardia "heart" (see heart (n.)).

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cardio- in Medicine



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