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Atrium

Synonym(s)

  • atrial
  • auricle of heart
  • cardiac atrium
  • heart atrium

Definition(s)

Upper right or left chambers of the heart.

Definition from: CRISP Thesaurus via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

The paired upper chambers of the heart. The left atrium receives oxygenated blood from the pulmonary vein and pumps blood into the left ventricle. The right atrium receives venous deoxygenated blood from the entire body via the superior and inferior vena cavae and pumps blood into the right ventricle.

Definition from: NCI Thesaurus via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: April 17, 2014