acleistocardia

An obsolete term denoting patency of the foramen ovale of the heart. ... Origin: G. A-priv. + kleistos, closed, + kardia, heart ... (05 Mar 2000) ...
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acleistocardia

acleistocardia 1. A condition in which the foramen ovale of the heart fails to close. 2. An opening in the oval foramen of the heart. 3. A reference to the patency (opening) of the foramen (small opening) ovale of the heart. In the fetal heart, the foramen ovale allows blood to enter the left atrium from the right atrium.
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