noun, plural a·tri·a [ey-tree-uh] /ˈeɪ tri ə/, a·tri·ums.
- Also called cavaedium.the main or central room of an ancient Roman house, open to the sky at the center and usually having a pool for the collection of rain water.
- a courtyard, flanked or surrounded by porticoes, in front of an early or medieval Christian church.
- a skylit central court in a contemporary building or house.
Origin of atrium
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Historical Examples of atrial
The two atrial tubes of each zooid remain separate in front but unite posteriorly.
The atrial cavities in Pyrosoma are clearly lined by epiblast, just as in simple Ascidians.
When the young colony is ready to become free, it escapes from the atrial cavity of the parent, and increases in size by budding.
During the above described processes the test remains quite intact, and is not perforated at the oral or the atrial openings.
The oral opening into the branchial sack is directed upwards: an atrial opening is remarkably enough not present.
noun plural atria (ˈeɪtrɪə, ˈɑː-)
Word Origin for atrium
1570s, from Latin atrium "central court or main room of an ancient Roman house, room which contains the hearth," sometimes said (on authority of Varro, "De Lingua Latina") to be an Etruscan word, but perhaps from PIE *ater- "fire," on notion of "place where smoke from the hearth escapes" (through a hole in the roof). Anatomical sense of "either of the upper cavities of the heart" first recorded 1870. Meaning "skylit central court in a public building" first attested 1967.