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 and Etymology of valsalva maneuver

after Antonio Maria Valsalva †1723 Italian anatomist, who described it


Medical Dictionary

Valsalva maneuver

noun Val·sal·va maneuver
variants: also

Valsalva's maneuver

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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


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