- the rate of the pulse: stated in pulsations per minute.
Origin of pulse rate
First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for pulse rate
A mild febrile disturbance causing a rise of temperature to little more than 100 F. will send the pulse-rate up 30 beats.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
The pulse-rate of early infancy varies from 100 to 120, and is very easily hurried.
With a diurnal temperature successively less elevated above the normal standard there is a corresponding fall of the pulse-rate.
- The rate of the pulse as observed in an artery, expressed as beats per minute.
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