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foramen ovale

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noun foramen ova·le \-ō-ˈva-lē, -ˈvä-, -ˈvā-\

Definition of foramen ovale

  1. :  an opening in the septum between the two atria of the heart that is normally present only in the fetus



Origin of foramen ovale

New Latin, literally, oval opening


First Known Use: circa 1860


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foramen ovale

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noun foramen ova·le \-ō-ˈva-(ˌ)lē, -ˈvā-, -ˈvä-\

Medical Definition of foramen ovale

  1. 1:  an opening in the septum between the two atria of the heart that is normally present only in the fetus

  2. 2:  an oval opening in the greater wing of the sphenoid for passage of the mandibular nerve



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