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paradoxical pulse in Medicine

paradoxical pulse

n.
  1. An exaggeration of the normal variation in the pulse during respiration, in which the pulse becomes weaker as one inhales and stronger as one exhales; it is characteristic of constrictive pericarditis or pericardial effusion.
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