Foramen-ovale meaning

ō-văl'ē, -vā'lē, -vä'-
An opening in the septum between the right and left atria of the heart, present in the fetus but usually closed soon after birth.
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The small, oval opening in the wall that separates the atria of the heart in a normal fetus: it allows blood to bypass the nonfunctioning fetal lungs until the time of birth when it gradually closes up.
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An opening in the septum between the right and left atria of the heart, present in the fetus but usually closed soon after birth.
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(medicine, anatomy) An opening in the septum between the right and left atria of the fetal heart that normally closes after birth.
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Origin of foramen-ovale

  • New Latin forāmen ōvāle Latin forāmen opening Medieval Latin ōvāle neuter of ōvālis oval
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition