fibrillation

[fahy-bruh-ley-shuhn, or especially for 2, fib-ruh-]
noun
1.
the formation of fibrils.
2.
Pathology. uncontrolled twitching or quivering of muscular fibrils.

Origin:
1830–40; fibrillate + -ion

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fibrillation (ˌfaɪbrɪˈleɪʃən, ˌfɪb-)
 
n
1.  a local and uncontrollable twitching of muscle fibres, esp of the heart, not affecting the entire muscle. Atrial fibrillation results in rapid and irregular heart and pulse rate. In ventricular fibrillation, the heart stops beating
2.  irregular twitchings of the muscular wall of the heart, often interfering with the normal rhythmic contractions

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fibrillation
c.1840, from fibrillate + -tion.
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fibrillation fib·ril·la·tion (fĭb'rə-lā'shən, fī'brə-)
n.

  1. Fine, rapid twitching of individual muscle fibers with little or no movement of the muscle as a whole.

  2. The formation of fibrils.

  3. Vermicular twitching, usually slow, of individual muscular fibers, commonly occurring in the atria or ventricles of the heart and in recently denervated skeletal muscle fibers.

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fibrillation   (fĭb'rə-lā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
A rapid twitching of muscle fibers, as of the heart, that is caused by the abnormal discharge of electrical nerve impulses. Ventricular fibrillation is life-threatening.
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Example sentences
In atrial fibrillation, the atrium or upper chamber of the heart does not beat
  an organized manner.
Slayton had atrial fibrillation, which had never been debilitating, but the
  flight surgeons grounded him anyway.
The surgical tool has performed well in animal tests designed to mimic a
  disorder called atrial fibrillation.
All things being equal, atrial fibrillation is a relatively benign condition as
  long as it can be controlled.
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