[ pal-pi-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˌpæl pɪˈteɪ ʃən /
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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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What does palpitation mean?

Palpitation is most commonly used to refer to a heart palpitation—an unusually or abnormally rapid or violent beating of the heart.

Heart palpitations typically involve the heart beating hard and faster, and they may also involve an irregularity in rhythm.

Palpitation can also refer to the act, process, or an instance of palpitating—pulsing, throbbing, or trembling. When your heart palpitates, it beats more quickly or in a fluttering way.

Example: My doctor said my heart palpitations may be due to a combination of stress and too much caffeine.

Where does palpitation come from?

The first records of the word palpitation come from around 1600. It comes from the Latin palpitātiōn-, meaning “a throbbing,” from the Latin verb palpitāre, meaning “to pulsate.”

Any rapid or irregular heartbeat can be called a palpitation. Frequent palpitations may be a sign of an illness. However, palpitations can happen occasionally for many other reasons, such as strenuous exercise, anxiety, or as a side effect of a medication. The caffeine in things like coffee and cola has been known to cause heart palpitation. Other times, you might get a heart palpitation upon seeing your crush or realizing you’re about to get in trouble.

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How is palpitation used in real life?

Palpitation is most commonly used in the phrase heart palpitation. 



Try using palpitation!

Which of the following things could cause a heart palpitation

A. illness
B. anxiety
C. caffeine
D. all of the above

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