[ puhl-sey-shuh n ]
/ pʌlˈseɪ ʃən /


the act of pulsating; beating or throbbing.
a beat or throb, as of the pulse.
vibration or undulation.
a single vibration.

Origin of pulsation

1375–1425; late Middle English pulsacioun < Latin pulsātiōn- (stem of pulsātiō). See pulsate, -ion

Related forms

non·pul·sa·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pulsation


/ (pʌlˈseɪʃən) /


the act of pulsating
physiol a rhythmic beating or pulsing esp of the heart or an artery
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Medicine definitions for pulsation


[ pŭl-sāshən ]


The act of pulsating.
A single beat, throb, or vibration.
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