One of the four valves of the heart, this one is situated between the left atrium and the left ventricle. It permits blood to flow one way only, from the atrium into the ventricle. The valve is more commonly called the mitral valve because its two flaps (cusps) makes it look like a bishop’s miter or headdress.
- Valve, mitral
from the left atrium into the left ventricle. The mitral valve has two flaps (cusps) and so is called “mitral” because it looks like a bishop’s miter or headdress. Also known as the bicuspid valve.
- Valve, pulmonary
One of the four valves in the heart, the pulmonary valve stands at the opening from the right ventricle in the pulmonary artery trunk. It lets blood head in the right direction (toward the lungs) and keeps it from sloshing back from the pulmonary artery into the heart.
- Valve, tricuspid
One of the four heart valves, the tricuspid valve is the first one that blood encounters as it enters the heart. The tricuspid valve is situated between the right atrium and right ventricle and allows blood to flow only from the atrium into the ventricle.
- Valves, heart
There are four heart valves. All are one-way valves. Blood entering the heart first passes through the tricuspid valve and then the pulmonary valve. After returning from the lungs, the blood passes through the mitral (bicuspid) valve and exits via the aortic valve.
- Vampire children
Perjorative term for children with xeroderma pigmentosum, a genetic disease with such extraordinary sensitivity to sunlight that ordinary sun exposure results in the development of skin cancer at a very early age. Children with xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) can only play outdoors safely after nightfall.