Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to valvular incompetence: Varicose veins
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.
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.
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