Aortic orifice (or aortic semilunar valve)

The aortic orifice connects the aorta with the left ventricle. It is occupied by the aortic semilunar valve. This has a dovetail structure. It is equipped with semi-lunar valvular flaps (shaped, of course, of half-moon):

- left and right anterior semilunar flaps called coronary semilunars (as there are the orifices of coronary artery origin).

- posterior semilunar flap

The three flaps present, at the free margin, that is, the one facing the orifice lumen, a fibrous thickening called Aranzio's nodule whose function is to guarantee a better closure of the valve.

The contraction and relaxation of the valve are mediated by blood pressure and papillary muscles, as is the case for the tricuspid valve.

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