- 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 cavities and indirectly, through them, with the peritoneal part of the celom.
Synonym(s): cavitas pericardiaca, cavitas pericardialisTA, cavum pericardii
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