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Meaning of ENDOCARDITIS

Pronunciation:  `endowkâr'dItis

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  inflammation of the endocardium and heart valves
 

ENDOCARDITIS is a 12 letter word that starts with E.

 

 See Also: carditis, subacute bacterial endocarditis

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\En`do*car*di"tis\, n. [NL. See {-itis}.] (Med.)
Inflammation of the endocardium.

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: Endocarditis is an inflammatory disorder of the heart valves or the mural endocardium (the innermost layer of the three layered walls of the heart). It can be caused by bacterial infection, or by other means. Libman-Sacks endocarditis is nonbacterial and is caused by systemic lupus erythematosus. In bacterial versions of this disorder, valvular lesions from previous infections or congenital heart disease are the predisposing factors.
 

 

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