endocarditismedical dictionary

<pathology> Exudative and proliferative inflammatory alterations of the endocardium, characterised by the presence of vegetations on the surface of the endocardium or in the endocardium itself and most commonly involving a heart valve, but sometimes affecting the inner lining of the cardiac chambers or the endocardium elsewhere. It may occur as a primary disorder or as a complication of or in association with another disease.

(11 Mar 2008)