P wave

P wave

noun
a longitudinal earthquake wave that travels through the interior of the earth and is usually the first conspicuous wave to be recorded by a seismograph.
Also called primary wave.
Compare L wave, S wave.


Origin:
1935–40

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P wave n.
A deflection in an electrocardiogram indicating depolarization of the atria.

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P wave  
See primary wave.
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