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  1. See under beta rhythm.
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Origin of beta waves

First recorded in 1930–35

beta rhythm

noun
  1. a pattern of high-frequency brain waves (beta waves) observed in normal persons upon sensory stimulation, especially with light, or when they are engaging in purposeful mental activity.
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Origin of beta rhythm

1935–40; earlier beta waves, translation of German Betawellen; see alpha rhythm
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British Dictionary definitions for beta waves

beta rhythm

beta wave

noun
  1. physiol the normal electrical activity of the cerebral cortex, occurring at a frequency of 13 to 30 hertz and detectable with an electroencephalographSee also brain wave
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beta waves in Medicine

beta rhythm

n.
  1. The second most common waveform occurring in electroencephalograms of the adult brain, characteristically having a frequency from 13 to 30 hertz. It is associated with an alert waking state but can also occur as a sign of anxiety or apprehension.beta wave
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