Anterior surface; Sternocostal surface - Facies sternocostalis; Facies anterior


The sternocostal surface (Anterior surface) is directed forward, upward, and to the left. Its lower part is convex, formed chiefly by the right ventricle, and traversed near its left margin by the anterior longitudinal sulcus. Its upper part is separated from the lower by the coronary sulcus, and is formed by the atria; it presents a deep concavity, occupied by the ascending aorta and the pulmonary artery.

This definition incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy (20th U.S. edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, published in 1918 – from

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General Anatomy > Cardiovascular system > Heart > Anterior surface; Sternocostal surface