[ buh-lis-toh-kahr-dee-uh-graf, -grahf ]
/ bəˌlɪs toʊˈkɑr di əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf /

noun Medicine/Medical.

a device that determines cardiac output by recording the movements of the body caused by contraction of the heart and ejection of blood into the aorta.

Origin of ballistocardiograph

First recorded in 1935–40; ballist(ic) + -o- + cardiograph
Related formsbal·lis·to·car·di·og·ra·phy [buh-lis-toh-kahr-dee-og-ruh-fee] /bəˌlɪs toʊˌkɑr diˈɒg rə fi/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for ballistocardiograph


[ bə-lĭs′tō-kärdē-ə-grăf′ ]


A device used to determine the volume of blood passing through the heart in a specific period of time and the force of cardiac contraction by measuring the body's recoil as blood is ejected from the ventricles with each heartbeat.
Related formsbal•lis′to•car′di•ogra•phy (-ŏgrə-fē) n.
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