valsalvian

Valsalvian

Val*sal"vi*an\, a. Of or pertaining to Valsalva, an Italian anatomist of the 17th century.

Valsalvian experiment (Med.), the process of inflating the middle ear by closing the mouth and nostrils, and blowing so as to puff out the cheeks.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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