noun, plural per·i·car·di·a [per-i-kahr-dee-uh] /ˌpɛr ɪˈkɑr di ə/. Anatomy.
the membranous sac enclosing the heart.
Origin of pericardium
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Mr. Darwin writes of people who, catching turtles, drank the water that was found in their Pericardia; it was pure and sweet.The Art of Travel
noun plural -dia (-dɪə)
the membranous sac enclosing the heart
Word Origin for pericardium
C16: via New Latin from Greek perikardion, from peri- + kardia heart
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n. pl. per•i•car•di•a (-dē-ə)
The fibroserous sac enclosing the heart and the roots of the great vessels, consisting of two layers: the visceral layer or epicardium, immediately surrounding the heart; and the outer parietal layer, which forms the sac and is lined with a serous membrane.heart sac theca cordis
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The membrane sac that encloses the heart in vertebrate animals.
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