[ih-lek-troh-kahr-dee-uh-graf, -grahf]

noun Medicine/Medical.

a galvanometric device that detects and records the minute differences in electric potential caused by heart action and occurring between different parts of the body: used in the diagnosis of heart disease.

Nearby words

  1. electroanalysis,
  2. electroanesthesia,
  3. electrobiology,
  4. electrocaloric effect,
  5. electrocardiogram,
  6. electrocardiography,
  7. electrocauterization,
  8. electrocautery,
  9. electrocerebral silence,
  10. electrochemical

Origin of electrocardiograph

First recorded in 1910–15; electro- + cardiograph

Also called cardiograph.

Related formse·lec·tro·car·di·o·graph·ic [ih-lek-troh-kahr-dee-uh-graf-ik] /ɪˌlɛk troʊˌkɑr di əˈgræf ɪk/, adjectivee·lec·tro·car·di·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbe·lec·tro·car·di·og·ra·phy [ih-lek-troh-kahr-dee-og-ruh-fee] /ɪˌlɛk troʊˌkɑr diˈɒg rə fi/, noun

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Examples from the Web for electrocardiograph

  • Then Jack took an electrocardiograph tracing and shook his head.

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  • Much that was hoped for from the electrocardiograph in the clinic has not been forthcoming.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:|Louis Marshall Warfield
  • But the electrocardiograph was not needed to diagnose the nature of the trouble.

    Star Surgeon|Alan Nourse

British Dictionary definitions for electrocardiograph



an instrument for recording the electrical activity of the heartAbbreviation: ECG
Derived Formselectrocardiographic, adjectiveelectrocardiographically, adverbelectrocardiography (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˌkɑːdɪˈɒɡrəfɪ), noun

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Medicine definitions for electrocardiograph




An instrument used in the detection and diagnosis of heart abnormalities that measures electrical potentials on the body surface and generates a record of the electrical currents associated with heart muscle activity.cardiograph
Related formse•lec′tro•car′di•ogra•phy (-kär′dē-ŏgrə-fē) n.

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Culture definitions for electrocardiograph



An instrument that records electrical activity in the heart. The electrocardiograph produces an electrocardiogram.

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