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Body by Design: From the Digestive System to the Skeleton - by Rob Nagel

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The cardiovascular system KNOWING A PERSON’S BLOOD Another type of antigen carried on red blood cells is called the Rh antigen (so named because it was originally identified in Rhesus monkeys). Most Americans are Rh positive (Rh+), meaning they carry the Rh antigen. Rh negative (Rh–) people do not. Unlike the ABO blood group system, antibodies to the Rh antigen are not automatically found in the blood. The only problem that may arise with the Rh antigen and blood transfusions is when an Rh– individual is given Rh+ blood.

Poliomyelitis (po-lee-o-my-eh-LIE-tis; often referred to simply as polio): Contagious viral disease that can cause damage to the central nervous system, resulting in paralysis and loss of muscle tissue. Body By Design xxxiii Pons: Part of the brain connecting the medulla oblongata with the midbrain. Words to Know Prime mover: Muscle whose contractions are chiefly responsible for producing a particular movement. Progesterone (pro-JESS-te-rone): Female steroid hormone secreted by the ovaries that makes the uterus more ready to receive a fertilized ovum or egg.

The pulmonary semilunar valve is located between the right ventricle and the pulmonary trunk. The aortic semilunar valve is located between the left ventricle and the aorta. The valves open and close in response to pressure changes in the heart. Each set operates at a different time. The AV valves are open when the heart is relaxed and closed when the ventricles contract. The semilunar valves are closed when the heart is relaxed and forced open when the ventricles contract. The closing of the heart valves generates the “lub-dup” sounds that a physician hears through a stethoscope.

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