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precordium Line breaks: pre|cor¦dium
Pronunciation: /priːˈkɔːdɪəm/

Definition of precordium in English:


The region of the thorax immediately in front of or over 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.


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



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.

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