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heartbeat

[hahrt-beet] /ˈhɑrtˌbit/
noun, Physiology.
1.
a pulsation of the heart, including one complete systole and diastole.
Origin of heartbeat
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; heart + beat
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  • He listened to Murgatroyd's heartbeat with it while Murgatroyd dozed.

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  • Then, at last, he detected a heartbeat, very feeble and slow yet unmistakable.

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  • For a heartbeat, he started to relax the pressure on the throat.

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  • DeVore looked at his superior expressionless for a heartbeat.

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  • For a heartbeat, Stan regarded the fellow consideringly, then he shook his head.

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British Dictionary definitions for heartbeat

heartbeat

/ˈhɑːtˌbiːt/
noun
1.
one complete pulsation of the heart See diastole, systole
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Word Origin and History for heartbeat
n.

1850, from heart + beat (n.). From the beginning used as a figure for "a very brief time."

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heartbeat in Medicine

heartbeat heart·beat (härt'bēt')
n.
A single complete pulsation of the heart.

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