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Noun1.precordium - the external surface of the body overlying the heart and stomach
external organ - an organ that is situated on or near the surface of the body
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He will know that his most scrupulous and careful examination of the precordia often fails to reveal acute pericarditis when it is present; that his examination of the urine will not always distinguish either acute or chronic nephritis from other conditions resembling them, and that mitral stenosis and aortic stenosis are sometimes overlooked by the best diagnosticians (3).