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septum secundum

 

Definition: the second of two major septal structures involved in the partitioning of the atrium, developing later than the septum primum and located to the right of it; like the septum primum, it is crescentic, but its tips are directed toward the sinus venosus, and it is more heavily muscular; it remains an incomplete partition until after birth, with its unclosed area constituting the foramen ovale.

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