[ ek-struh-sis-tuh-lee ]
/ ˌɛk strəˈsɪs tə li /

noun Pathology.

a premature contraction of the heart, resulting in momentary interruption of the normal heartbeat.

Nearby words

  1. extrasensorial,
  2. extrasensory,
  3. extrasensory perception,
  4. extrasolar,
  5. extrasolar planet,
  6. extraterrestrial,
  7. extraterritorial,
  8. extraterritoriality,
  9. extratropical cyclone,
  10. extrauterine

Origin of extrasystole

From New Latin, dating back to 1895–1900; see origin at extra-, systole

Also called premature beat, premature contraction.

Related formsex·tra·sys·tol·ic [ek-struh-sis-tol-ik] /ˌɛk strə sɪsˈtɒl ɪk/, adjective

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[ ĕk′strə-sĭstə-lē ]


An ectopic, usually premature contraction of one of the chambers of the heart, resulting in momentary cardiac arrhythmia.premature systole

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