- the serous membrane that lines the cavities of the heart.
Origin of endocardium
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The endocardium may be stained from the imbibition of blood.
The endocardium is often blotched to a greater or less extent by sanguineous imbibition.
By extension of inflammation of the endocardium or pericardium the muscle of the heart may become involved.
In acute inflammation we find a thickening and a roughened appearance of the endocardium throughout the cavities of the heart.
They firmly adhere to the endocardium, and when detached from it give it a torn appearance.
- the membrane that lines the cavities of the heart and forms part of the valves
C19: from New Latin, from endo- + Greek kardia heart
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- The thin serous membrane, composed of endothelial and subendothelial tissue, that lines the interior of the heart.
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