palpitation

noun
pal·​pi·​ta·​tion | \ ˌpal-pə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce palpitation (audio) \

Definition of palpitation

: a rapid pulsation especially : an abnormally rapid or irregular beating of the heart (such as that caused by panic, arrhythmia, or strenuous physical exercise)

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Examples of palpitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Surgery stopped one type of palpitation, but the others have never gone away. Lorraine Boissoneault, The New Yorker, 30 July 2022 Not as dirty as a rectal palpitation mishap, mind you, but dirty nonetheless. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 5 May 2022 Look no further than his rectal palpitation mishap. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 7 Apr. 2022 Unless that flip-flop feeling is accompanied by chest pain, dizziness, or fainting, an occasional heart palpitation is probably nothing to worry about—especially in young, healthy athletes and frequent exercisers. Amanda Macmillan, Outside Online, 5 Dec. 2014 Kwok, then a senior research investigator at the National Biomedical Research Foundation, described experiencing numbness, weakness and palpitation lasting for about two hours after eating at Chinese restaurants. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 If someone else is depending on you, then making a deadline, and doing it so early that nobody has a heart attack, or even a palpitation, is a skill worth studying. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 28 June 2021 That is because of the similarity between bodily effects of exercise, specifically high-intensity exercise, and those of anxiety, including shortness of breath, heart palpitation, and chest tightness. Arash Javanbakht, Quartz, 12 June 2021 He was transported in the ambulance from the courthouse after suffering chest pains, heart palpitations and other maladies Monday afternoon, defense attorney Donna Rotunno told CNN. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, 25 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of palpitation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of palpitation was in the 15th century

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6 Aug 2022

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“Palpitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palpitation. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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palpitation

noun
pal·​pi·​ta·​tion | \ ˌpal-pə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce palpitation (audio) \

Medical Definition of palpitation

: a rapid pulsation especially : an abnormally rapid or irregular beating of the heart (as that caused by panic, arrhythmia, or strenuous physical exercise)

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