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Related to syphilitic endocarditis: Syphilitic aortitis
Etymology: L, endon, within, kardia, heart, itis, inflammation
a thickening and stretching of the cusps of the aortic valve, with aortic valve incompetence, caused by a syphilis infection of the aorta.
Endocarditis due to syphilis having extended from the aorta to the aortic valves.
See also: endocarditis