the act of pulsating; beating or throbbing.
a beat or throb, as of the pulse.
vibration or undulation.
a single vibration.

1375–1425; late Middle English pulsacioun < Latin pulsātiōn- (stem of pulsātiō). See pulsate, -ion

nonpulsation, noun
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pulsation (pʌlˈseɪʃən)
1.  the act of pulsating
2.  physiol a rhythmic beating or pulsing esp of the heart or an artery

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Word Origin & History

1540s, from L. pulsationem (nom. pulsatio) "a beating or striking," from pulsatus, pp. of pulsare "to beat, strike, push," freq. of pellere (pp. pulsus) "to beat, strike." Pulsate (v.) is recorded from 1741.
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pulsation pul·sa·tion (pŭl-sā'shən)

  1. The act of pulsating.

  2. A single beat, throb, or vibration.

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Sensor stops pulsation when brush applies too much pressure.
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