valvulotomy

noun

val·​vu·​lot·​o·​my ˌval-vyə-ˈlät-ə-mē How to pronounce valvulotomy (audio)
plural valvulotomies
: surgical incision of a valve
specifically : the operation of enlarging a narrowed heart valve by cutting through the mitral commissures with a knife or by a finger thrust to relieve the symptoms of mitral stenosis

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“Valvulotomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/valvulotomy. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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