ar·​rhyth·​mic | \ ā-ˈrit͟h-mik How to pronounce arrhythmic (audio) \

Definition of arrhythmic

1 : lacking rhythm or regularity To assist my arrhythmic descents I'd been swinging my arms and shoulders too wildly.— Kenny Moore The conductor-less orchestra pit produces arrhythmic and atonal sounds…— Josef Woodard
2 : of, relating to, characterized by, or resulting from arrhythmia … less than 10 percent of untreated patients develop cardiac problems such as heart block, with its resultant arrhythmic heartbeat— Thomas J. Daniels and Richard C. Falco

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Not all children are embarrassed by their parents’ arrhythmic flossing. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, "Sorry Mom, Your Floss Dancing Is Just Embarrassing," 26 July 2018 For those that were deemed sudden cardiac deaths, just over half were arrhythmic — where devices like an automated external defibrillator can save someone’s life. Kimberly Veklerov,, "Deaths often misclassified as cardiac arrest, UCSF study finds," 18 June 2018 Sudden death was the first manifestation of cardiac disease for more than half the arrhythmic cases, the study found, meaning the individuals had no prior warning sign to their condition. Kimberly Veklerov,, "Deaths often misclassified as cardiac arrest, UCSF study finds," 18 June 2018 Others are more avant-garde and incorporate acrobatic moves, or an arrhythmic dance known as flossing. New York Times, "Bomba: The Enduring Anthem of Puerto Rico," 7 July 2018 And of those that were correctly classified, nearly half were not arrhythmic — involving an irregular heartbeat — meaning that defibrillators or CPR would not have saved the person, the study found. Kimberly Veklerov,, "Deaths often misclassified as cardiac arrest, UCSF study finds," 18 June 2018 It can also be treated by anti-arrhythmic drugs including amiodarone, and some patients may take anticoagulant drugs like warfarin to reduce the risk of stroke. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Heart Device Procedure Is No Better Than Drug Therapy for Irregular Heartbeat: Study," 10 May 2018 The bass in any of Metro Boomin’s beats has a sort of sinisterly arrhythmic pulse that leaks out of speakers and drives through walls even at its lowest volume. Julian Benbow,, "Texas Tech revels in the sound of success," 25 Mar. 2018 Others are the product of arrhythmic drives that grind to a halt as Fournier seals his man behind him before exploding through some unexpected space. Ben Golliver And Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2018: Biggest Snubs," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of arrhythmic

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arrhythmic

Greek arrhythmos

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ar·​rhyth·​mic | \ -mik How to pronounce arrhythmic (audio) \

Medical Definition of arrhythmic

1 : lacking rhythm or regularity arrhythmic locomotor activity
2 : of, relating to, characterized by, or resulting from arrhythmia arrhythmic risk arrhythmic death

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