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noun Anatomy.

one of the small bundles of muscles attached to the ventricle walls and to the chordae tendineae that tighten these tendons during ventricular contraction.

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Origin of papillary muscle

First recorded in 1885–90
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Medical definitions for papillary muscle

papillary muscle

n.

Any of the group of myocardial bundles that terminate in the tendinous cords that attach to the cusps of the atrioventricular valves.
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