heart valve

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heart valve

[′härt ‚valv]
(anatomy)
Flaps of tissue that prevent reflux of blood from the ventricles to the atria or from the pulmonary arteries or aorta to the atria.
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If left untreated, some children with strep throat go on to develop rheumatic fever, an inflammatory illness that can cause progressive damage to the valves of the heart.