foramen ovale

noun foramen ova·le \ -ō-ˈva-lē , -ˈvä- , -ˈvā- \
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018

Definition of foramen ovale

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

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Origin and Etymology of foramen ovale

New Latin, literally, oval opening


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foramen ovale

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

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

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