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Pronunciation: hart

Definition: A hollow muscular organ that receives the blood from the veins and propels it into the arteries. In mammals it is divided by a musculomembranous septum into two halves—right or venous and left or arterial—each of which consists of a receiving chamber (atrium) and an ejecting chamber (ventricle).

Synonym(s): corTA, coeur

[A.S. heorte]

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