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Valsalva maneuver

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noun Val·sal·va maneuver \val-ˈsal-və-\

Definition of Valsalva maneuver

  1. :  a forceful attempt at expiration when the airway is closed at some point; especially :  a conscious attempt made while holding the nostrils closed and keeping the mouth shut (as for the purpose of adjusting middle ear pressure) —called also Valsalva



Origin of valsalva maneuver

Antonio Maria Valsalva †1723 Italian anatomist


First Known Use: 1886


Medical Dictionary

Valsalva maneuver

noun Val·sal·va maneuver

Medical Definition of Valsalva maneuver

  1. :  a forceful attempt at expiration when the airway is closed at some point; especially :  a conscious effort made while holding the nostrils closed and keeping the mouth shut especially for the purpose of testing the patency of the eustachian tubes, adjusting middle ear pressure, or aborting supraventricular tachycardia—called also Valsalva



Biographical Note for valsalva maneuver

A. M. Valsalva —see sinus of valsalva

Variants of valsalva maneuver

also Val·sal·va's maneuver \val-ˈsal-və(z)-\play

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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "Valsalva maneuver"


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