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heart failure

noun
1.
a condition in which the heart fatally ceases to function.
2.
Also called congestive heart failure. a condition in which the heart fails to pump adequate amounts of blood to the tissues, resulting in accumulation of blood returning to the heart from the veins, and often accompanied by distension of the ventricles, edema, and shortness of breath.
Origin of heart failure
1890-1895
1890-95
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  • At last it is too much, and she dies of heart-failure at forty years of age.

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  • Dr. Thill was ready to give a certificate that Persis had died of heart-failure.

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  • Rickenson, who bore up gamely to the last, collapsed from heart-failure.

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  • As it happened, however, the hapless Spaniard collapsed as though he were struck dead by heart-failure or apoplexy.

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  • The engines left off; the Kaiser's speed, as from heart-failure, gave in, died away.

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British Dictionary definitions for heart-failure

heart failure

noun
1.
a condition in which the heart is unable to pump an adequate amount of blood to the tissues, usually resulting in breathlessness, swollen ankles, etc
2.
sudden and permanent cessation of the heartbeat, resulting in death
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heart-failure in Medicine

heart failure n.

  1. A condition marked by weakness, edema, and shortness of breath that is caused by the inability of the heart to maintain adequate blood circulation in the peripheral tissues and the lungs. Also called cardiac insufficiency, congestive heart failure, myocardial insufficiency.

  2. The resulting clinical syndrome, consisting of shortness of breath, pitting edema, enlarged tender liver, engorged neck veins, and pulmonary rales.

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heart-failure in Science
heart failure  
An acute or chronic inability of the heart to maintain adequate blood circulation to the peripheral tissues and the lungs, usually characterized by fatigue, edema, and shortness of breath. Heart failure has many causes, including coronary artery disease, hypertension, and cardiomyopathy. Also called congestive heart failure.
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