[per-i-kahr-dee-uh l] /ˌpɛr ɪˈkɑr di əl/

of or relating to the .


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  • Pericardial cavity

    pericardial cavity per·i·car·di·al cavity (pěr’ĭ-kär’dē-əl) n. The fluid-filled space between the two layers of the pericardium.

  • Pericardial decompression

    pericardial decompression n. See cardiac decompression.

  • Pericardial fremitus

    pericardial fremitus n. The vibration in the chest wall produced by the friction of opposing roughened surfaces of the pericardium.

  • Pericardial friction sound

    pericardial friction sound n. An oscillating creaking sound sometimes heard on auscultation, caused by the rubbing together of inflamed pericardial surfaces as the heart contracts and relaxes. Also called pericardial rub.

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