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tobacco heart

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noun Pathology.
  1. a functional disorder of the heart, characterized by a rapid and often irregular pulse, caused by excessive use of tobacco.
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Origin of tobacco heart

First recorded in 1880–85
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  • At least, I'm rather sure of mine; it's difficult to give a tobacco-heart away; it's drugged on the market.

    The Gentleman From Indiana

    Booth Tarkington


tobacco heart in Medicine

tobacco heart

(tə-băkō)
n.
  1. A rapid, irregular heart rate resulting from excessive use of tobacco.
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