An anatomical space in the fetal heart that allows blood to enter the left atrium from the right atrium. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foramen_ovale_(heart) ]

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Term information

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  • It is one of two fetal cardiac shunts, the other being the ductus arteriosus (which allows blood that still escapes to the right ventricle to bypass the pulmonary circulation). Another similar adaptation in the fetus is the ductus venosus[WP]
definition
  • An anatomical space in the fetal heart that allows blood to enter the left atrium from the right atrium.
development notes
  • In most individuals, the foramen ovale closes at birth. It later forms the fossa ovalis
has exact synonym
  • falx septi
  • Bottalo's foramen
  • ostium secundum of Born
  • foramen ovale cordis
has narrow synonym
  • foramen ovale
id
  • UBERON:0004754