Definition of pericardium in English:

pericardium

Line breaks: peri|car¦dium
Pronunciation: /ˌpɛrɪˈkɑːdɪəm
 
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noun (plural pericardia /-dɪə/)

Anatomy
The membrane enclosing the heart, consisting of an outer fibrous layer and an inner double layer of serous membrane.
More example sentences
  • Reference to the pericardium, epicardium, myocardium, endocardium and valves, chordae, ventricular thicknesses, and aorta and major vessels may be included.
  • With this patient, the images of the communication between the pericardium and the thoracic duct could be more clearly identified, due to improvements in computerizing techniques.
  • The pericardial stage was used to suspend the pericardium and the phrenic nerve was preserved throughout its course.

Origin

late Middle English: modern Latin, from Greek perikardion, from peri 'around' + kardia 'heart'.

Derivatives

pericardial

adjective
More example sentences
  • After the lung and tumor are removed, a vascular pedicle of pericardial fat is loosely sutured to the bronchial stump.
  • In the present series, edema, manifested locally as tissue swelling and systemically as pulmonary edema and pleural and pericardial effusions, was a prominent feature.
  • These risks include bleeding, infection, hematoma, pneumothorax, pericardial effusion, myocardial infarction, stroke, and death.

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