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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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  • She charges forward, barking in alarm, giving the poor stranger heart palpitations.
  • Or they will find themselves in the hospital with a bleeding ulcer or heart palpitations.
  • AF can cause palpitations, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath.
  • There are real risks to taking too much thyroid hormone--it can cause heart palpitations and increase your risk of fractures.
  • But he did talk about how he couldn't sleep, how he developed heart palpitations at night.
  • During the first years that ride would make me dizzy, give me palpitations.
  • The chemical can make meat leaner, but can also be the cause of heart palpitations, diarrhoea and muscle tremors.
  • The rate is scarcely high enough to give central bankers palpitations.
  • While the economy is clearly working off its slack, inflation is still low enough to cause few palpitations.
  • Patients with atrial fibrillation may feel palpitations or shortness of breath, but often it causes no symptoms at all.
Word Origin and History for palpitations

palpitation

n.

early 15c., from Middle French palpitation, from Latin palpitationem (nominative palpitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of palpitare "to throb, to flutter, to tremble, to quiver," frequentative of palpare "touch gently, stroke; wheedle, coax" (see feel (v.)).

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palpitations 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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