endocardium

[ en-doh-kahr-dee-uh m ]
/ ˌɛn doʊˈkɑr di əm /
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noun, plural en·do·car·di·a [en-doh-kahr-dee-uh] /ˌɛn doʊˈkɑr di ə/. Anatomy.

the serous membrane that lines the cavities of the heart.

Nearby words

  1. endobronchial tube,
  2. endocardial,
  3. endocardial cushion,
  4. endocardial fibroelastosis,
  5. endocarditis,
  6. endocarp,
  7. endocarpoid,
  8. endocast,
  9. endocentric,
  10. endocervical

Origin of endocardium

First recorded in 1870–75; endo- + -cardium

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British Dictionary definitions for endocardium

endocardium

/ (ˌɛndəʊˈkɑːdɪəm) /

noun plural -dia (-dɪə)

the membrane that lines the cavities of the heart and forms part of the valves

Word Origin for endocardium

C19: from New Latin, from endo- + Greek kardia heart

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Medicine definitions for endocardium

endocardium

[ ĕn′dō-kärdē-əm ]

n. pl. en•do•car•di•a (-dē-ə)

The thin serous membrane, composed of endothelial and subendothelial tissue, that lines the interior of the heart.
Related formsen′do•cardi•al adj.


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