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sphygmograph

[sfig-muh-graf, -grahf] /ˈsfɪg məˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/
noun
1.
an instrument for recording the rapidity, strength, and uniformity of the arterial pulse.
Origin of sphygmograph
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; sphygmo- + -graph
Related forms
sphygmographic
[sfig-muh-graf-ik] /ˌsfɪg məˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
sphygmography
[sfig-mog-ruh-fee] /sfɪgˈmɒg rə fi/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Examples from the Web for sphygmograph
Historical Examples
  • Marey's sphygmograph was not the first instrument of its kind.

    Experiments on Animals Stephen Paget
  • A sphygmograph stood upon the table, and a gasometer-like engine, which was new to Dr. Ripley, in the corner.

  • A sphygmograph stood upon the table and a gasometer-like engine, which was new to Doctor Ripley, in the corner.

    The Man from Archangel A. Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for sphygmograph

sphygmograph

/ˈsfɪɡməʊˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf/
noun
1.
(med) an instrument for making a recording (sphygmogram) of variations in blood pressure and pulse
Derived Forms
sphygmographic (ˌsfɪɡməʊˈɡræfɪk) adjective
sphygmography (sfɪɡˈmɒɡrəfɪ) noun
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sphygmograph in Medicine

sphygmograph sphyg·mo·graph (sfĭg'mə-grāf')
n.
An instrument for graphically recording the form, strength, and variations of the arterial pulse.


sphyg'mo·graph'ic adj.
sphyg·mog'ra·phy (-mŏg'rə-fē) n.
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