[ kahr-dee-oh-mahy-op-uh-thee ]
/ ˌkɑr di oʊ maɪˈɒp ə θi /

noun Pathology.

any disease of the heart muscle, leading to decreased function: usually of unknown cause.

Origin of cardiomyopathy

First recorded in 1960–65; cardio- + myopathy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cardiomyopathy


/ (ˌkɑːdɪəʊmaɪˈɒpəθɪ) /


pathol a disease of the heart muscle usually caused by a biochemical defect or a toxin such as alcohol
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Medicine definitions for cardiomyopathy


[ kär′dē-ō-mī-ŏpə-thē ]


A disease or disorder of the heart muscle, especially of unknown cause.myocardiopathy
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Science definitions for cardiomyopathy


[ kär′dē-ō-mī-ŏpə-thē ]

Any of various structural or functional abnormalities of the cardiac muscle, usually characterized by loss of muscle efficiency and sometimes heart failure. Cardiomyopathy can result from numerous causes, including congenital defects, acute or chronic infections, coronary artery disease, drugs and toxins, metabolic disorders, connective tissue disorders, or nutritional deficiencies. In some patients, the cause is unknown.
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