sinoatrial node

[ sahy-noh-ey-tree-uh l, sahy- ]
/ ˈsaɪ noʊˈeɪ tri əl, ˌsaɪ- /

noun Anatomy.

a small mass of tissue in the right atrium functioning as pacemaker of the heart by giving rise to the electric impulses that initiate heart contractions.

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Also called sinus node.

Origin of sinoatrial node

1920–25; sino- + atrial
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Medical definitions for sinoatrial node

sinoatrial node

n.

A small mass of specialized cardiac muscle fibers located in the posterior wall of the right atrium of the heart that acts as a pacemaker of the cardiac conduction system by generating at regular intervals the electric impulses of the heartbeat.sinoauricular node sinus node
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Scientific definitions for sinoatrial node

sinoatrial node
[ sī′nō-ātrē-əl ]

A small mass of specialized cardiac muscle fibers that acts as a pacemaker by initiating and maintaining normal heartbeat and cardiac rhythm. It is located in the right atrium.
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