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Starling curve

Pronunciation: star'ling

Definition: a graph in which cardiac output or stroke volume is plotted against mean atrial or ventricular end-diastolic pressure; with increasing venous return and atrial pressure the output proportionately increases until further increments overload the heart and the output falls.

Synonym(s): Frank-Starling curve

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