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  1. having the form or function of a valve.
  2. operating by a valve or valves.
  3. of or relating to a valve or valves, especially of the heart.
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Also valval, valvar.

Origin of valvular

1790–1800; < New Latin valvulāris, equivalent to valvul(a) valvule + -āris -ar1
Related formsin·ter·val·vu·lar, adjectivemul·ti·val·vu·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for valvular


  1. of, relating to, operated by, or having a valve or valves
  2. having the shape or function of a valve
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valvular in Medicine


  1. Relating to, having, or operating by means of valves or valvelike parts.
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