arrhythmia

noun
ar·​rhyth·​mia | \ ā-ˈrit͟h-mē-ə How to pronounce arrhythmia (audio) \

Definition of arrhythmia

: an alteration in rhythm of the heartbeat either in time or force

Examples of arrhythmia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before the transplant, Bennett had been hospitalized for six weeks with a life-threatening arrhythmia and had been connected to a heart-lung bypass machine. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, 7 July 2022 Before the transplant, Bennett had been hospitalized for six weeks with a life-threatening arrhythmia and had been connected to a heart-lung bypass machine. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, 7 July 2022 Studies are also finding links to disruptions in the thyroid hormone system and heart arrhythmia. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 18 Mar. 2022 His wife, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, however, later blamed an arrhythmia caused by undiagnosed coronary artery disease for his fall. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 He was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation which is an irregular and often very rapid heart rhythm also known as arrhythmia that can lead to blood clots in the heart. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Apr. 2022 For people with cardiovascular disease, no level of coffee intake was found to be linked with developing arrhythmia. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 25 Mar. 2022 Participants analyzed in a third study were those who already had arrhythmia or a type of cardiovascular disease. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 25 Mar. 2022 Her beloved sister Bailey has died suddenly, though not without warning, suffering from the same heart arrhythmia that killed the girls’ mother. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of arrhythmia

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arrhythmia

borrowed from Greek arrhythmía "lack of rhythm," from árrhythmos "lacking rhythm, unrhythmical" + -ia -ia entry 1 — more at arrhythmic

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8 Aug 2022

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“Arrhythmia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arrhythmia. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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arrhythmia

noun
ar·​rhyth·​mia | \ ā-ˈrit͟h-mē-ə How to pronounce arrhythmia (audio) \

Medical Definition of arrhythmia

: an alteration in rhythm of the heartbeat either in time or force

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