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Definition of Chordae tendineae

Chordae tendineae: Thread-like bands of fibrous tissue which attach on one end to the edges of the tricuspid and mitral valves of the heart and on the other end to the papillary muscles, small muscles within the heart that serve to anchor the valves.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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