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atrium

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noun atri·um \ˈā-trē-əm\

Simple Definition of atrium

  • : an open area inside a tall building that has windows to let light in from above

  • : one of two sections of the heart that take in blood from the veins

Full Definition of atrium

plural atria play \-trē-ə\ also atri·ums

  1. 1 :  the central room of a Roman house

  2. 2 plural usually atriums a :  a rectangular open patio around which a house is built b :  a many-storied court in a building (as a hotel) usually with a skylight

  3. 3 [New Latin, from Latin] :  an anatomical cavity or passage; especially :  the chamber or either of the chambers of the heart that receives blood from the veins and forces it into the ventricle or ventricles — see heart illustration

atri·alplay \-trē-əl\ adjective

Origin of atrium

Latin


First Known Use: 1577


ATRIUM Defined for Kids

atrium

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noun atri·um \ˈā-trē-əm\

Definition of atrium

  1. :  the part of the heart that receives blood from the veins




Medical Dictionary

atrium

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noun atri·um \ˈā-trē-əm\

Medical Definition of atrium

plural atria \-trē-ə\play also atri·ums

  1. :  an anatomical cavity or passage; especially :  a chamber of the heart that receives blood from the veins and forces it into a ventricle or ventricles





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