a longitudinal earthquake wave that travels through the interior of the earth and is usually the first conspicuous wave to be recorded by a seismograph.
Origin of P wave
First recorded in 1935–40
Also called primary wave.
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Medicine definitions for p wave
A deflection in an electrocardiogram indicating depolarization of the atria.
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Science definitions for p wave
See primary wave.
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