ductus arteriosus

noun
duc·​tus ar·​te·​ri·​o·​sus | \ ˈdək-təs-är-ˌtir-ē-ˈō-səs How to pronounce ductus arteriosus (audio) \

Definition of ductus arteriosus

: a short broad vessel in the fetus that connects the pulmonary artery with the aorta and conducts most of the blood directly from the right ventricle to the aorta bypassing the lungs

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Recent Examples on the Web Doctors there eventually diagnosed her with patent ductus arteriosus, a heart abnormality that, at the time, generally led to an early death. BostonGlobe.com, "At 88, she recalls the daring heart surgery that saved her life in 1938 - The Boston Globe," 28 Sep. 2019 Over the course of two and a half hours, Gross successfully tied off the child’s patent ductus arteriosus — a persistent opening between the two major blood vessels leading from the heart — allowing blood to flow normally. BostonGlobe.com, "At 88, she recalls the daring heart surgery that saved her life in 1938 - The Boston Globe," 28 Sep. 2019 Kevin is a 10-week-old kitten who has been diagnosed with patent ductus arteriosus, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said in a statement. BostonGlobe.com, "A stray kitten with a serious heart condition is going under the knife this week, and the MSPCA is raising money to help with the costs of the lifesaving operation, officials said.," 17 Sep. 2019 The Ghandour family acknowledged that Layla suffered from patent ductus arteriosus, a congenital heart disease commonly described as a hole in the heart. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "A Child of Gaza Dies. A Symbol Is Born. The Arguing Begins.," 16 May 2018 Leah has a heart defect called patent ductus arteriosus or PDA. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "U.S. Gets a ‘C’ for its High Preterm Birth Rate," 1 Nov. 2017 All four children were born with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), or a hole in the heart. Sofia Anjuman Ali, Washington Post, "For ‘micro-preemie’ quadruplets, reaching kindergarten is a major achievement," 24 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of ductus arteriosus

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ductus arteriosus

New Latin, literally, arterial duct

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“Ductus arteriosus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ductus%20arteriosus. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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ductus arteriosus

noun
ductus ar·​te·​ri·​o·​sus | \ -är-ˌtir-ē-ˈō-səs How to pronounce ductus arteriosus (audio) \

Medical Definition of ductus arteriosus

: a short broad vessel in the fetus that connects the pulmonary artery with the aorta and conducts most of the blood directly from the right ventricle to the aorta bypassing the lungs

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