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palpitation

[pal-pi-tey-shuh n] /ˌpæl pɪˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of palpitating.
2.
an unusually or abnormally rapid or violent beating of the heart.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin palpitātiōn- (stem of palpitātiō) a throbbing. See palpitate, -ion
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Examples for palpitation
  • See, in any house where virtue and self-respect abide, the palpitation which the approach of a stranger causes.
Word Origin and History for palpitation
palpitation
late 15c., from M.Fr. palpitation, from L. palpitationem (nom. palpitatio), from palpitare "to throb, to flutter," freq. of palpare "touch gently, stroke" (see feel (v.)).
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palpitation in Medicine

palpitation pal·pi·ta·tion (pāl'pĭ-tā'shən)
n.
Perceptible forcible pulsation of the heart, usually with an increase in frequency or force, with or without irregularity in rhythm.

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