One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to, having, or acting as a valve or valves.‘valvular heart disease’‘three pairs of valvular apertures’
- ‘Echocardiograms did not reveal left heart dysfunction or valvular disease in any patient.’
- ‘In 1995, she received a diagnosis of mild valvular heart disease.’
- ‘It also allows the physician to identify and rule out other potential causes of the patient's symptoms, such as valvular lesions, pericardial disease, and pulmonary hypertension.’
- ‘Narrowing of the arteries and valvular disease of the heart both replace the relative quiet of smooth blood flow with the gurgles of turbulence.’
- ‘We decided to monitor his valvular disease with clinical examinations and echocardiograms.’
Late 18th century: from modern Latin valvula (diminutive of Latin valva ‘leaf of a door’) + -ar.
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