a defect in the electrical impulses of the heart resulting in any of various arrhythmias or irregularities in the heartbeat.
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Origin of heart block
First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for heart block
impaired conduction or blocking of the impulse that regulates the heartbeat, resulting in a lack of coordination between the beating of the atria and the ventriclesAlso called: Adams-Stokes syndrome, atrioventricular block
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Medicine definitions for heart block
A condition in which faulty transmission of the impulses that control the heartbeat results in a lack of coordination in the contraction of the atria and ventricles of the heart.
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