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tobacco heart

noun, Pathology
a functional disorder of the heart, characterized by a rapid and often irregular pulse, caused by excessive use of tobacco.
Origin of tobacco heart
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At least, I'm rather sure of mine; it's difficult to give a tobacco-heart away; it's drugged on the market.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
tobacco-heart in Medicine

tobacco heart to·bac·co heart (tə-bāk'ō)
A rapid, irregular heart rate resulting from excessive use of tobacco.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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