Here at, each week I will focus on terms related to specific body systems, for example, cardiovascular I will focus on terms just for the cardiovascular system, respiratory, focusing on terms related to the respiratory system, etc., as well as general medical terms and pharmacological (drug/medication names and terms).

Medical Terms for the Week: Cardiovascular system:

ectopic beats  (ec- out of;   top/o place;    -ic pertaining to):  Heartbeats that occur outside of a normal rhythm.

mitral valve prolapse (MYE trul valv PRO laps ) (pro- forward; -lapse fall):  Protrusion of one or both cusps of the mitral valve back into the left atrium during ventricular systole.

valvulitis (Val vyoo LYE tis) (valvul/o valve; -itis inflammation):  Inflammation of a valve, especially a heart valve, caused most commonly by rheumatic fever, and less frequently by bacterial endocarditis or syphilis.

aortic stenosis (a OR tick sten OH sis) (aort/o aorta; -ic pertaining to; stenosis narrowing):  Narrowing of the aortic valve, which may be acquired or congenital.






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