- the act of palpitating.
- an unusually or abnormally rapid or violent beating of the heart.
Origin of palpitation
Examples from the Web for palpitation
One evening after dinner he was seized with a palpitation of the heart, and almost fainted.Doctor Pascal
Palpitation often arises from indigestion, in which case see Indigestion.Papers on Health
Yes, Jane, I see that you are in for an attack of palpitation.A World of Girls
L. T. Meade
To it relate trembling, palpitation, paleness, and inability to speak.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 2
No palpitation or respiratory movement can be detected in it.The Insect
Word Origin and History for palpitation
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.)).
- Perceptible forcible pulsation of the heart, usually with an increase in frequency or force, with or without irregularity in rhythm.