palpitation

[ pal-pi-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌpæl pɪˈteɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of palpitating.
an unusually or abnormally rapid or violent beating of the heart.

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Origin of palpitation

1595–1605; < Latin palpitātiōn- (stem of palpitātiō) a throbbing. See palpitate, -ion
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Word Origin and History for palpitation

palpitation


n.

early 15c., from Middle French palpitation, from Latin palpitationem (nominative palpitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of palpitare "to throb, to flutter, to tremble, to quiver," frequentative of palpare "touch gently, stroke; wheedle, coax" (see feel (v.)).

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Medicine definitions for palpitation

palpitation

[ păl′pĭ-tāshən ]

n.

Perceptible forcible pulsation of the heart, usually with an increase in frequency or force, with or without irregularity in rhythm.
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