[kahy-muh-graf, -grahf]


an instrument for measuring and graphically recording variations in fluid pressure, as those of the human pulse.

Also cymograph.

Origin of kymograph

First recorded in 1865–70; kymo- + -graph
Related formsky·mo·graph·ic [kahy-muh-graf-ik] /ˌkaɪ məˈgræf ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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med a rotatable drum for holding paper on which a tracking stylus continuously records variations in blood pressure, respiratory movements, etc
phonetics this device as applied to the measurement of variations in the muscular action of the articulatory organs
an instrument for recording the angular oscillations of an aircraft in flight
Derived Formskymographic or cymographic, adjective

Word Origin for kymograph

C20: from Greek kuma wave + -graph
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kymograph in Medicine




An instrument for recording variations in pressure, as of the blood, or in tension, as of a muscle, by means of a pen or stylus that marks a rotating drum.
Related formsky′mo•graphic adj.kymo•gram′ (-grăm′)•mogra•phy (-mŏgrə-fē) n.
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