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atrial fibrillation

atrial fibrillation in Medicine

atrial fibrillation n.
Fibrillation in which the normal rhythmical contractions of the cardiac atria are replaced by rapid irregular twitchings of the muscular wall that cause the ventricles to respond irregularly. Also called auricular fibrillation.

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