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[ep-i-kahr-dee-uh m]
noun, plural ep·i·car·di·a [ep-i-kahr-dee-uh] /ˌɛp ɪˈkɑr di ə/. Anatomy.
  1. the inner serous layer of the pericardium, lying directly upon the heart.
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Origin of epicardium

From New Latin, dating back to 1860–65; see origin at epi-, -cardium
Related formsep·i·car·di·al, ep·i·car·di·ac, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epicardia


noun plural -dia (-dɪə)
  1. anatomy the innermost layer of the pericardium, in direct contact with the heart
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Derived Formsepicardiac or epicardial, adjective

Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from epi- + Greek kardia heart
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epicardia in Medicine


  1. The lower portion of the esophagus extending through the diaphragm to the stomach.
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n. pl. ep•i•car•di•a (-dē-ə)
  1. The inner layer of the pericardium that is in contact with the surface of the heart.visceral layer
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Related formsep′i•cardi•al adj.
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