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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, near, or relating to the heart: cardiac arteries.
  • adj. Of or relating to the cardia.
  • n. A person with a heart disorder.

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  • adj. Pertaining to the heart.
  • adj. Pertaining to the cardia.
  • n. A medicine that excites action in the stomach.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, resembling, or hear the heart.
  • adj. Exciting action in the heart, through the medium of the stomach; cordial; stimulant.
  • n. A medicine which excites action in the stomach; a cardial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the heart.
  • Exciting action in the heart; having the quality of stimulating action in the circulatory system.
  • Hence Cordial; producing strength and cheerfulness.
  • Pertaining to the esophageal portion of the stomach: opposed to pyloric.
  • n. A medicine which excites action in the stomach and animates the spirits; a cordial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to the heart

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Latin cardiacus, from Greek kardiakos, from kardiā, heart; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.

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From Ancient Greek καρδιακός (kardiakos, "relating to the heart"), from καρδία (kardia, "heart"). Distantly related to English courage, which is from Latin, but of same Proto-Indo-European root.

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