elec·​tro·​car·​dio·​gram i-ˌlek-trō-ˈkär-dē-ə-ˌgram How to pronounce electrocardiogram (audio)
: the tracing made by an electrocardiograph
also : the procedure for producing an electrocardiogram

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web More than 100 years after the technology was first developed, the electrocardiogram (ECG) remains the gold standard for measuring the electrical activity of the heart. IEEE Spectrum, 4 Feb. 2022 While most states require a physical before participating in student sports, Dadlani said only some parts of the country incorporate screening with an electrocardiogram, commonly known as an ECG or EKG, which records the heart’s electrical signal. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2023 Even scarier was the pattern on her electrocardiogram (EKG). Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, 18 June 2022 Hunt used electrodes at various points along the chakra system — for example, an electrocardiogram at the heart — to measure changes energetically in the body. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 1 Dec. 2021 Pretty much every available surface was occupied by machinery—computer screens, thermocouples, an electrocardiogram monitor, a treadmill, and a sort of stationary bicycle that looked like a suitcase with pedals. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 Your personal devices can perform an electrocardiogram and export the results to your doctor. CBS News, 22 Aug. 2022 Lohse reviews an electrocardiogram readout for a cat alongside vet tech Mackenzie Leiker and Dr. Bybee. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Nov. 2022 This is likely an undercount because many of these heart attacks go unrecognized and unreported; most are only identified after the fact using an electrocardiogram or other test. Markham Heid, Time, 4 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of electrocardiogram was in 1895

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“Electrocardiogram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrocardiogram. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


elec·​tro·​car·​dio·​gram -ˈkärd-ē-ə-ˌgram How to pronounce electrocardiogram (audio)
: the tracing made by an electrocardiograph
also : the procedure for producing an electrocardiogram

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