Definition of hole in the heart in US English:

hole in the heart


  • A congenital defect in the heart septum, resulting in inadequate circulation of oxygenated blood (a cause of blue baby syndrome).

    • ‘He was only about 11 months old when it was discovered that he had severe coronary problems, including a hole in the heart.’
    • ‘They diagnosed her with Ventricular Septal Defect - a hole in the heart's wall - a type of heart malfunction present at birth.’
    • ‘The first problem is that there's a hole in the heart between the right and left chamber.’
    • ‘In 1960 only one in five babies born with a complex heart defect, such as a hole in the heart, survived beyond childhood.’
    • ‘The boy's mother said he had been treated for a hole in the heart and a leaky heart valve.’


hole in the heart

/hoʊl ɪn ði/