[ dek-stroh-kahr-dee-uh ]
/ ˌdɛk stroʊˈkɑr di ə /
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noun Pathology.

an abnormal condition in which the heart is displaced to the right side of the chest.
dextral displacement of the heart with complete transposition of the cardiac chambers, the right chambers being on the left side and the left chambers being on the right side.



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Origin of dextrocardia

From New Latin; see origin at dextro-, -cardia

OTHER WORDS FROM dextrocardia

dex·tro·car·di·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dextrocardia

/ (ˌdɛkstrəʊˈkɑːdɪə) /


med the abnormal location of the heart in the right side of the chest
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Medical definitions for dextrocardia

[ dĕk′strō-kärdē-ə ]


The displacement of the heart to the right, either as dextroposition of a normal heart, or as cardiac heterotaxia, in which the left and right chambers are transposed.
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