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Valsalva maneuver

[ val-sal-vuh ]

noun

  1. a forced expiratory effort against a closed glottis that decreases intrathoracic pressure, hampering venous return to the heart, and that can be used to inflate the Eustachian tubes and adjust pressure in the middle ear.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Valsalva maneuver1

Named after Antonio M. Valsalva (1666–1723), Italian anatomist who devised the maneuver

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