Definitions for cardiaˈkɑr di ə; -diˌi
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
car•di•aˈkɑr di ə; -diˌi(n.)(pl.)-di•ae; -di•as.
an opening that connects the esophagus and the upper part of the stomach.
Origin of cardia:
1775–85; < NL < Gk kardía, lit., heart
a combining form occurring in words that denote an anomalous or undesirable action or position of the heart, as specified by the initial element:
Category: Anatomy, Affix
Origin of -cardia:
perh. orig. repr. Gk kardíaheart , though coincidence with the abstract n. suffix -ia has influenced sense
the opening into the stomach and that part of the stomach connected to the esophagus
a former town in Thrace
The section of the esophagus that connects to the stomach.
Origin: From καρδία.
the anterior or cardiac orifice of the stomach, where the esophagus enters it
U.S. National Library of Medicine
That part of the STOMACH close to the opening from ESOPHAGUS into the stomach (cardiac orifice), the ESOPHAGOGASTRIC JUNCTION. The cardia is so named because of its closeness to the HEART. Cardia is characterized by the lack of acid-forming cells (GASTRIC PARIETAL CELLS).