Definition of Pericardial cavity

1. Noun. The space between the layers of the pericardium that contains fluid that lubricates the membrane surfaces and allows easy heart movement.

Exact synonyms: Pericardial Space
Generic synonyms: Bodily Cavity, Cavity, Cavum

Medical Definition of Pericardial cavity

1. The potential space between the parietal and the visceral layers of the serous pericardium, in the embryo, that part of the primary celom containing the heart; originally it is in open communication with the pericardioperitoneal cavity's and indirectly, through them, with the peritoneal part of the celom. Synonym: cavitas pericardialis, cavum pericardii. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pericardial Cavity

pericallosal artery
pericanicular dense bodies
pericapillary cell
pericardiacophrenic artery
pericardiacophrenic veins
pericardial branch of phrenic nerve
pericardial branch of thoracic aorta
pericardial cavity (current term)
pericardial cyst
pericardial decompression
pericardial effusion
pericardial fremitus
pericardial friction sound
pericardial knock
pericardial murmur
pericardial reflex
pericardial rub
pericardial sac
pericardial space
pericardial tamponade
pericardial tap
pericardial vein

Literary usage of Pericardial cavity

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on Comparative Embryology by Francis Maitland Balfour (1885)
"The septum dividing the body cavity from the pericardial cavity is ... In this way the pericardial cavity becomes completely shut off from the body cavity, ..."

2. Journal of Morphology by Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology (1897)
"With the pericardial cavity opening into the extraembryonic coelom on either side as a basis, it is possible to trace back the pericardial cavity to its FIG ..."

3. The Principles of Pathologic Histology by Frank Burr Mallory (1914)
"The most important lesions of the pericardial cavity are of infectious origin and are ... The pericardial cavity is lined with cuboidal mesothelial cells. ..."

4. The Principles of Pathologic Histology by Frank Burr Mallory (1914)
"The tubercle bacillus causes in the pericardial cavity two different types of lesions which are sometimes combined, in varying proportions, just as miliary ..."

5. A Text-book of medicine for students and practitioners by Adolf von Strümpell, Frederick Cheever Shattuck (1886)
"At every expiration the bands were stretched more tightly, and hence checked the movements of the heart. 2. Obliteration of the pericardial cavity (Adhesive ..."

6. The Development of the Chick: An Introduction to Embryology by Frank Rattray Lillie (1908)
"... converted into an oblique septum between the posterior parts of the incipient pleural cavities and the pericardial cavity (pleuro-pericardial membrane). ..."

7. A Course in Vertebrate Zoölogy: A Guide to the Dissection and Comparative by Henry Sherring Pratt (1905)
"The pericardial cavity and the heart. The organs just examined lie in the abdominal cavity; the pericardial cavity contains the heart. ..."

8. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1921)
"By this technique the posterior sulcus can be drained, the fluid can be emptied from the pericardial cavity slowly, which is probably important if there is ..."

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