chorda tendinea

[kawr-duh ten-din-ee-uh]
noun, plural chordae tendineae [kawr-dee ten-din-ee-ee] . Anatomy.
any of the tendons extending from the papillary muscles to the atrioventricular valves and preventing the valves from moving into the atria during ventricular contraction.

1800–10; < Neo-Latin: tendinous cord Unabridged
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