1. Medicine/Medical. a cardiac remedy.
  2. a person suffering from heart disease.

Origin of cardiac

1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French cardiaque) < Latin cardiacus < Greek kardiakós, equivalent to kardí(a) heart + -akos -ac
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-cardiac


  1. of or relating to the heart
  2. of or relating to the portion of the stomach connected to the oesophagus
  1. a person with a heart disorder
  2. obsolete a drug that stimulates the heart muscle

Word Origin for cardiac

C17: from Latin cardiacus, from Greek, from kardia heart
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Word Origin and History for pre-cardiac



c.1600, from French cardiaque (14c.) or directly from Latin cardiacus, from Greek kardiakos "pertaining to the heart," from kardia "heart" (see heart (n.)). Cardiac arrest is attested from 1950.

Greek kardia also could mean "stomach" and Latin cardiacus "pertaining to the stomach." This terminology continues somewhat in modern medicine. Confusion of heart and nearby digestive organs also is reflected in Breton kalon "heart," from Old French cauldun "bowels," and English heartburn for "indigestion."

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pre-cardiac in Medicine


  1. Of, near, or relating to the heart.
  2. Of, near, or relating to the cardia.
  1. A person with a heart disorder.
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pre-cardiac in Science


  1. Relating to or involving the heart.
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