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beta waves

plural noun
See under beta rhythm.
Origin of beta waves

beta rhythm

a pattern of high-frequency brain waves (beta waves) observed in normal persons upon sensory stimulation, especially with light, or when they are engaging in purposeful mental activity.
1935-40; earlier beta waves, translation of German Betawellen; see alpha rhythm Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for beta-waves

beta rhythm

(physiol) the normal electrical activity of the cerebral cortex, occurring at a frequency of 13 to 30 hertz and detectable with an electroencephalograph See also brain wave
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beta-waves in Medicine

beta rhythm n.
The second most common waveform occurring in electroencephalograms of the adult brain, characteristically having a frequency from 13 to 30 hertz. It is associated with an alert waking state but can also occur as a sign of anxiety or apprehension. Also called beta wave.

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