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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-cardium Also -cardial.

Tissue related to the heart.

[Greek kardia, heart.]

The oldest such term, the model for the others, is pericardium (Greek peri, around), the membrane enclosing the heart. Other examples are epicardium (Greek epi, upon, near to) a membrane that forms the innermost layer of the pericardium, attached to the muscles of the wall of the heart; endocardium (Greek endon, within), the thin, smooth membrane which lines the inside of the chambers of the heart and forms the surface of the valves; and myocardium (Greek mus, mu-, muscle), the muscular tissue of the heart. Associated adjectives are formed in -cardial (endocardial, myocardial).

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