palpitation

noun pal·pi·ta·tion \ ˌpal-pə-ˈtā-shən \

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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First Known Use of palpitation

15th century

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palpitation

noun pal·pi·ta·tion \ ˌpal-pə-ˈtā-shən \

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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