from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Permanent damage to the valves of the heart caused especially by repeated attacks of rheumatic fever.
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- n. heart disease caused by recurrent episodes of rheumatic fever; characterized by changes in the myocardium or scarring of the heart valves that reduce the power of the heart to pump blood
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