pericardial

adjective

peri·​car·​di·​al ˌper-ə-ˈkär-dē-əl How to pronounce pericardial (audio)
: of, relating to, or affecting the pericardium
also : situated around the heart

Examples of pericardial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Added sugar intake is associated with pericardial adipose tissue volume. Lindsey Desoto, Health, 29 June 2023 Low voltage on the extremity leads on an ECG can sometimes occur when there is a large amount of fluid in the sac surrounding the heart, called a pericardial effusion. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023 In living scorpions and some other arachnids, these pulmo-pericardial sinuses connect the circulatory system to the animal's book lungs, a pair of respiratory organs that consist of thin, alternating layers of tissue and air pockets. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 16 Jan. 2020 The pixelated gray-and-white image of the patient’s rapidly beating heart muscle was surrounded by an unnatural black halo, indicating the presence of excess fluid in the pericardial sac. New York Times, 8 Sep. 2021 Women tend to have less pericardial fat than men, according to the study. Lisa Drayer, CNN, 1 June 2021 The bullet damaged the pericardial sac around Keith’s heart and both right and left ventricles before exiting the right side of his chest. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, 3 Mar. 2021 Distant heart sounds could reflect pericardial effusion—fluid accumulating around the heart. Danielle Ofri, The New Yorker, 1 Oct. 2020 In 2014, surgeons spent a combined 49 hours working to separate the conjoined twins, who shared a chest wall, lungs, pericardial sac, diaphragm, liver, intestines, colon and pelvis, according to the Texas Children's Hospital. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, 22 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pericardial was in 1654

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Cite this Entry

“Pericardial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pericardial. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

pericardial

adjective
peri·​car·​di·​al ˌper-ə-ˈkärd-ē-əl How to pronounce pericardial (audio)
: of, relating to, or affecting the pericardium
also : situated around the heart
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