[ puhl-suh-til, -tahyl ]
/ ˈpʌl sə tɪl, -ˌtaɪl /


pulsating; throbbing.

Origin of pulsatile

From the Medieval Latin word pulsātīlis, dating back to 1535–45. See pulsate, -ile
Related formspul·sa·til·i·ty [puhl-suh-til-i-tee] /ˌpʌl səˈtɪl ɪ ti/, noun
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Examples from the Web for pulsatile

  • It is pulsatile, and a systolic bruit or a “thrilling” murmur may be heard over it.

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  • He studied particularly the movements of the heart, the action of the valves, and the pulsatile forces in the arteries.

British Dictionary definitions for pulsatile


/ (ˈpʌlsəˌtaɪl) /


beating rhythmically; pulsating or throbbing
Derived Formspulsatility (ˌpʌlsəˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun
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Medicine definitions for pulsatile


[ pŭlsə-təl, -tīl′ ]


Undergoing pulsation.
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