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

  1. 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.

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Origin of electrocardiograph

First recorded in 1910–15; electro- + cardiograph

Other words from electrocardiograph

  • e·lec·tro·car·di·o·graph·ic [ih-lek-troh-kahr-dee-uh-graf-ik], /ɪˌlɛk troʊˌkɑr di əˈgræf ɪk/, adjective
  • e·lec·tro·car·di·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • e·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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How to use electrocardiograph in a sentence

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

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: | Louis Marshall Warfield
  • The very elaborate and delicate electrocardiograph with the string galvanometer devised by Einthoven is used.

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

    Star Surgeon | Alan Nourse
  • Then Jack took an electrocardiograph tracing and shook his head.

    Star Surgeon | Alan Nourse

British Dictionary definitions for electrocardiograph


/ (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈkɑːdɪəʊˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) /

  1. an instrument for recording the electrical activity of the heart: Abbreviation: ECG

Derived forms of electrocardiograph

  • electrocardiographic, adjective
  • electrocardiographically, adverb
  • electrocardiography (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˌkɑːdɪˈɒɡrəfɪ), noun

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Cultural definitions for electrocardiograph


[ (i-lek-troh-kahr-dee-uh-graf) ]

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

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