valvular incompetence

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1. inability to function properly.
2. the legal status of a person determined by the court to be unable to manage his own affairs.
aortic incompetence aortic insufficiency.
mitral incompetence mitral insufficiency.
pulmonary incompetence pulmonary insufficiency.
tricuspid incompetence tricuspid insufficiency.
valvular incompetence valvular insufficiency.

val·vu·lar re·gur·gi·ta·tion

a leaky state of one or more of the cardiac valves, in which the valve not closing tightly and blood is therefore regurgitating through it.

valvular incompetence

Backward flow of blood through a valve, e.g., a cardiac valve during the stage of the cardiac cycle when the valve leaflets should be closed.
Synonym: valvular insufficiency
See also: incompetence


pertaining to, affecting or of the nature of a valve.

valvular disease
interferes with the normal rate and smoothness of blood flow through the cardiac orifices. The creation of turbulence results in the appearance of palpable thrills and audible murmurs, stenosis and insufficiency causing congestive heart failure. See also names of cardiac valves.
valvular incompetence
the valves do not close completely and when pressure is exerted on them blood leaks back through causing inefficient forward movement of the blood and turbulent flow leading to the development of cardiac murmurs.
valvular stenosis
narrowing of the lumen of the aperture through which the blood passes causing back pressure in the venous or pulmonary circuits. The clinical manifestations include cardiac murmurs and thrills and congestive heart failure. See also stenosis.
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Varicosities usually start at points where superficial veins communicate with deep veins, particularly at the saphenofemoral and saphenopopliteal junctions and in the perforating system, because of valvular incompetence.
1: Schematic diagram of normal blood flow, varicose vein reflux in the vein due to valvular incompetence.