corpus cardiacum


corpus car·​di·​a·​cum -kär-ˈdī-ə-kəm How to pronounce corpus cardiacum (audio)
plural corpora cardiaca -kär-ˈdī-ə-kə How to pronounce corpus cardiacum (audio)
: one of a pair of separate or fused bodies of nervous tissue in many insects that lie posterior to the brain and function in the storage and secretion of brain hormone

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, literally, "cardiac body"

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of corpus cardiacum was in 1960

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“Corpus cardiacum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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