Terminal sulcus (heart)

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Terminal sulcus
Latin Sulcus terminalis cordis, crista terminalis
Gray's p.529
TA A12.1.01.013
FMA FMA:9287
Anatomical terminology

The terminal sulcus is a groove in the right atrium of the heart. The terminal sulcus marks the separation of the right atrial pectinate muscle from the sinus venarum. The terminal sulcus extends from the front of the superior vena cava to the front of the inferior vena cava, and represents the line of union of the sinus venosus of the embryo with the primitive atrium. On the internal aspect of the right atrium, corresponding to the sulcus terminalis is the crista terminalis.

The superior border the sulcus terminalis designates the transverse plane in which the SA node resides. The inferior border designates the transverse plane in which the AV node resides.


This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.

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