valvular

adjective
val·vu·lar | \ˈval-vyə-lər \

Definition of valvular 

1 : resembling or functioning as a valve also : opening by valves

2 : of, relating to, or affecting a valve especially of the heart valvular heart disease

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That’s because sea lions boast good hearing above and below the ocean surface, even when their valvular ears slam shut to seal out water. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "After criticism of sea mammal program, Navy boots up robots," 22 Sep. 2017 Chuck was a victim of mitral valve disease, also known as chronic valvular disease. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee.com, "Health tourism: How far would you go to save your dog’s life?," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of valvular

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for valvular

borrowed from New Latin valvulāris, from valvula valvula + Latin -āris -ar

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valvular

adjective
val·vu·lar | \ˈval-vyə-lər \

Medical Definition of valvular 

1 : resembling or functioning as a valve established a valvular connection to the esophagus

2 : of, relating to, or affecting a valve especially of the heart valvular heart disease

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