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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.



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Also called cardiograph.

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/, 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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Example sentences from the Web for electrocardiograph

  • 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) /


an instrument for recording the electrical activity of the heartAbbreviation: ECG

Derived forms of electrocardiograph

electrocardiographic, adjectiveelectrocardiographically, adverbelectrocardiography (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˌkɑːdɪˈɒɡrəfɪ), noun
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Medical definitions for electrocardiograph

[ ĭ-lĕk′trō-kärdē-ə-grăf′ ]


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

Other words from electrocardiograph

e•lec′tro•car′di•ogra•phy (-kär′dē-ŏgrə-fē) n.
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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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