Purkinje fiber

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Purkinje fiber

One of the specialized cardiac muscle fibers, part of the impulse-conducting network of the heart, that rapidly transmit impulses from the atrioventricular node to the ventricles.

[After Johannes Evangelista von Purkinje (1787-1869), Bohemian physiologist.]

Purkin′je fi`ber

any of a network of impulse-conducting muscle fibers in the walls of the ventricles of the heart.
[after Jan Evangelista Purkinje (Czech Purkyně) (1787–1869), Czech physiologist, who discovered the fibers in 1839]
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Noun1.Purkinje fiber - a specialized cardiac muscle fiber that is part of the Purkinje network
cardiac muscle, heart muscle - the muscle tissue of the heart; adapted to continued rhythmic contraction
Purkinje network, Purkinje's system, Purkinje's tissue - a network of Purkinje fibers that carry the cardiac impulse from the atrioventricular node to the ventricles of the heart and causes them to contract
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Hoen, "Nerve Purkinje fiber relationship in the moderator band of bovine and caprine heart," Cell and Tissue Research, vol.
Other topics include recent insights into the molecular pathophysiology of viral myocarditis, anti-platelet drugs, transplant arteriopathy, induction and patterning of the Purkinje fiber network, therapeutic angiogenesis for ischemic vascular disease, and diabetes mellitus.