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adjective Physiology.
  1. having or pertaining to a double beat of the pulse for each beat of the heart.
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Origin of dicrotic

1700–10; < Greek díkrot(os) double beating (di- di-1 + krótos a clapping, rattling noise) + -ic
Related formsdi·cro·tism [dahy-kruh-tiz-uh m] /ˈdaɪ krəˌtɪz əm/, nounhy·per·di·crot·ic, adjectivehy·per·di·cro·tism, nounpre·di·crot·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dicrotism

Historical Examples

  • Dicrotism, or reduplication of the pulse-beat, is not uncommon in typhus and typhoid fever.

    A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I


British Dictionary definitions for dicrotism


dicrotal (ˈdaɪkrətəl)

  1. physiol having or relating to a double pulse for each heartbeat
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Derived Formsdicrotism (ˈdaɪkrəˌtɪzəm), noun

Word Origin

C19: from Greek dikrotos double-beating, from di- 1 + krotein to beat
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dicrotism in Medicine


  1. A condition in which the pulse is felt as two beats per single heartbeat.
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Related formsdi•crotic (-krŏtĭk) adj.
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