Bulbus cordis

The bulbus cordis (the bulb of the heart) lies ventral to the primitive ventricle after the developing heart assumes its S-shaped form. Together, the bulbus cordis and the primitive ventricle give rise to the ventricles of the formed heart. The superior end of the bulbus cordis is also called the conotruncus.[1]

Bulbus cordis
Heart showing expansion of the atria.
Diagrams to illustrate the transformation of the bulbus cordis. Ao. Truncus arteriosus. Au. Atrium. B. Bulbus cordis. RV. Right ventricle. LV. Left ventricle. P. Pulmonary artery.
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Gives rise tosmooth parts of right ventricle, left ventricle
LatinBulbus cordis
Anatomical terminology

The adjacent walls of the bulbus cordis and ventricle approximate, fuse, and finally disappear, and the bulbus cordis now communicates freely with the right ventricle, while the junction of the bulbus with the truncus arteriosus is brought directly ventral to and applied to the atrial canal.

By the upgrowth of the ventricular septum the bulbus cordis is in great measure separated from the left ventricle, but remains an integral part of the right ventricle, of which it forms the infundibulum.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 513 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. Larsen, William J (2001). Human Embryology (3rd ed.). Elsevier. p. 160. ISBN 0-443-06583-7.
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