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Definition of Valsalva

Valsalva: 1. The Valsalva maneuver in which a person tries to exhale forcibly with a closed glottis (windpipe) so that no air goes out through the mouth or nose.
2. The renowned Italian anatomist, pathologist, physician, and surgeon Antonio Maria Valsalva (1666-1723) who first described the maneuver.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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