Body Language: Cor, Cord, Cardio ("Heart")

Have a heart and learn these words that derive from the Latin word cor and the Greek word kardia, both meaning "heart."

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  1. cordial
    politely warm and friendly
    Since then, the two have been more cordial than chummy.Washington Post (Mar 10, 2015)
    cor + ial (suffix forming adjectives)
  2. concord
    a harmonious state of things and of their properties
    These people lived very long in peace, in concord, in harmony, in happiness.Curtin, Jeremiah
    com (prefix meaning "together") + cor
  3. accord
    harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters
    As by common accord, they all rose to their feet.And Then There Were None
    ad (prefix meaning "to") + cor
  4. discord
    strife resulting from a lack of agreement
    “Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope. ”Words Like Loaded Pistols
    dis (prefix meaning "apart") + cor
  5. cardiac
    of or relating to the heart
    One algorithm, created by Hsiao, measures heart size and blood flow in a cardiac MRI.Science Magazine (Jun 17, 2019)
    cardi + ic (suffix forming adjectives)
  6. cardiologist
    a specialist in the structure and function of the heart
    As a cardiologist and pianist I wanted to find out if Beethoven had an arrhythmia and if it influenced his work.Newsweek (Feb 24, 2015)
    cardi + logy (suffix meaning "science") + ist (suffix meaning "one who does or makes")
  7. cardiovascular
    of or pertaining to or involving the heart and blood vessels
    "Physical activity, which in this age occurs typically in the form of play, promotes cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and mental health and is associated with academic achievement."US News (May 18, 2015)
    cardi + vas ("vessel") + culum (suffix forming diminutives) + ar (suffix forming adjectives)
  8. cardiopulmonary
    of or pertaining to or affecting both the heart and the lungs and their functions
    That's why some states are starting to require cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator instruction be taught in high schools.US News (Jul 7, 2014)
    cardi + pulmo ("lung") + ary (suffix forming adjectives)
    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is better known as CPR.
  9. cardiorespiratory
    of or pertaining to or affecting both the heart and the lungs and their functions
    “There’s strong evidence that cardiorespiratory fitness is one of the best indicators” of lifelong health, reduced disease risk and greater longevity, she said.New York Times (Jul 9, 2014)
    cardi + respirare ("to breathe again") + ory (suffix forming adjectives)
  10. electrocardiography
    diagnostic procedure consisting of recording the activity of the heart electronically with a cardiograph (and producing a cardiogram)
    There has been controversy about whether screening athletes using electrocardiography, or ECG, would cost more money than it would be worth.Reuters (Apr 22, 2011)
    electro (prefix meaning "electrical") + cardi + graphy (suffix meaning "of writing or recording")
  11. cardiogram
    a graphical recording of the cardiac cycle produced by an electrocardiograph
    Researchers observed and chronicled the reactions of the volunteers but took no cardiograms or any other physiological measurements from the subjects.Reuters (Sep 20, 2017)
    cardi + gram (suffix meaning something "written or marked")
  12. courage
    a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain
    “Very well, my arrogant young adventurer. Why not test your courage? Every explorer deserves a chance to prove his mettle.”Fablehaven
    cor + age (suffix forming nouns)
  13. encourage
    inspire with confidence
    I nod and wonder what to say to encourage him.All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel
    en (prefix meaning "in, into") + cor + age (suffix forming nouns)
Created on June 4, 2015 (updated August 22, 2019)

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