from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as precordial region (which see, under precordial).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) The front part of the thoracic region; the epigastrium.

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  • noun anatomy The front part of the thoracic region; the epigastrium.


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Latin, from prae before + cor, cordis, the heart.


  • Circa praecordia de assidua in flatione queruntur, et cum sudore totius corporis importuno, frigidos articulos saepe patiuntur, indigestione laborant, ructus suos insuaves perhorrescunt, viscerum dolores habent.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Oculi his excavantur, venti gignuntur circum praecordia et acidi ructus, sicci fere ventres, vertigo, tinnitus aurium, somni pusilli, somnia terribilia et interrupta.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Causa omnis et origo omnis prae sentis doloris tute es; isti enim tui oculi, per meos oculos ad intima delapsi praecordia, acerrimum meis medullis commovent incendium; ergo miserere tui causa pereuntis.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Urit enim praecordia aegritudo animi compressa, et in angustiis adducta mentem. subvertit, nec alio medicamine facilius erigitur, quam cordati hominis sermone.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • - H3r - time, they Queis meliore luto finxit praecordia Titan {146}, are better content to suppresse the out-flowings of their wit, then by publishing them, to be accounted Knights of the same order.

    Defence of Poesie

  • In the original text: Omne vafer vitium ridenti Flaccus amico Tangit, et admissus circum praecordia ludit.

    Defence of Poesie

  • Or the Satirick, who Omne vafer vitium ridenti tangit amico {81}, who sportingly, never leaveth, till he make a man laugh at follie; and at length ashamed, to laugh at himself; which he cannot avoyde, without avoyding the follie? who while Circum praecordia ludit {82}, giveth us to feele how many headaches a passionate life bringeth us to?

    Defence of Poesie

  • 'Secuit Lucilius urbem, te, Lupe, te, Muci, et genuinum fregit in illis; omne vafer vitium ridenti Flaccus amico tangit, et admissus circum praecordia ludit, callidus excusso populum suspendere naso.'

    The Student's Companion to Latin Authors

  • 'Ense velut stricto quotiens Lucilius ardens infremuit, rubet auditor cui frigida mens est criminibus, tacita sudant praecordia culpa.'

    The Student's Companion to Latin Authors

  • _Circum praecordia ludit_, "he plays about the heartstrings," said Persius, long before any of these, when the actual Horace was still fresh in the memory of men.

    Horace and His Influence


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  • "The third stadium: pulse, though soft, becomes exceedingly small and unequal: the heat about the praecordia increases much, respiration becomes difficult with frequent sighs: the patient grows yet more anxious, and extremely restless: sweat flows from the face, neck and breast: deglutination becomes difficult, subsultus tendinum comes on, the patient picks the nap of his bedclothes. Coma may last eight, ten or twelve hours before death."

    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 230

    March 18, 2008

  • The doctor's choler rose; he felt a suffocating sensation somewhere—a sort of swell about the præcordia; but he suffered in silence.

    —Robert Bage, 1796, Hermsprong

    March 22, 2009