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cardiomyopathy

Pronunciation: kar′dē-ō-mī-op′ă-thē

Definition: Disease of the myocardium. As a disease classification, the term is used in several different senses, but is limited by the World Health Organization to: “Primary disease process of heart muscle in absence of a known underlying etiology” when referring to idiopathic cardiomyopathy.

Synonym(s): myocardiopathy

[cardio- + G. mys, muscle, + pathos, disease]

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