[sfig-muh-graf, -grahf]

Origin of sphygmograph

First recorded in 1855–60; sphygmo- + -graph
Related formssphyg·mo·graph·ic [sfig-muh-graf-ik] /ˌsfɪg məˈgræf ɪk/, adjectivesphyg·mog·ra·phy [sfig-mog-ruh-fee] /sfɪgˈmɒg rə fi/, noun
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Historical Examples of sphygmograph

  • Marey's sphygmograph was not the first instrument of its kind.

  • A sphygmograph stood upon the table, and a gasometer-like engine, which was new to Dr. Ripley, in the corner.

  • A sphygmograph stood upon the table and a gasometer-like engine, which was new to Doctor Ripley, in the corner.

British Dictionary definitions for sphygmograph


  1. med an instrument for making a recording (sphygmogram) of variations in blood pressure and pulse
Derived Formssphygmographic (ˌsfɪɡməʊˈɡræfɪk), adjectivesphygmography (sfɪɡˈmɒɡrəfɪ), noun
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sphygmograph in Medicine


  1. An instrument for graphically recording the form, strength, and variations of the arterial pulse.
Related formssphyg′mo•graphic adj.sphyg•mogra•phy (-mŏgrə-fē) n.
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