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atrial

 [a´tre-al]
pertaining to an atrium.
atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) a hormone produced in the cardiac atrium; it inhibits renin secretion and thus the production of angiotensin, and stimulates aldosterone release. Its effect is increased excretion of water and sodium and a lowering of blood pressure, which reduces the workload of the heart.
atrial septal defect a congenital heart defect in which the ostium primum or ostium secundum, openings in the septum primum of the embryonic heart, fail to close completely after birth. When an opening remains between the atria, some of the oxygen-rich blood from the left atrium passes into the right atrium and travels back to the lungs without being first transported through the body.
 Atrial septal defect. The shunt is from left atrium to right atrium. From Betz et al., 1994.

a·tri·al

(ā'trē-ăl),
Relating to an atrium.

atrial

(ā′trē-əl)
adj.
1. Of or relating to an architectural atrium.
2. Of or relating to an anatomical atrium.

atrial

adjective Relating to an atrium, usually understood as the atrium of the heart.

atrial

adjective Relating to an atrium, see there, usually understood to be the atrium of the heart.

a·tri·al

(ā'trē-ăl)
Relating to an atrium.

Atrial

Having to do with the upper chambers of the heart.
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