Definition of precordium in English:

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Pronunciation: /prēˈkôrdēəm/


The region or the thorax immediately in front of the heart.
Example sentences
  • Sensations of tightness, pain, pressure, and heaviness in the precordium, throat, neck, and jaw have also been reported.
  • In addition, women have smaller amplitudes of R, S, and T waves across the precordium.



Pronunciation: /-ˈkôrdēəl/
Example sentences
  • He complained of lightheadedness, dull abdominal pain, and precordial discomfort without radiation or pleurisy.
  • A 61-year-old white woman was brought to the emergency department complaining of precordial chest pain.
  • All vital signs were within normal limits, and no precordial murmurs, friction rubs, or thrills were present.


Late 19th century: singular of Latin praecordia 'diaphragm, entrails'.

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Syllabification: pre·cor·di·um

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