pul·​sa·​tile ˈpəl-sə-tᵊl How to pronounce pulsatile (audio) -ˌtī(-ə)l How to pronounce pulsatile (audio)
: of or marked by pulsation

Word History


Middle English, borrowed from Medieval Latin pulsātilis, from Latin pulsāre "to strike with repeated blows, beat, (in passive) beat wildly (of the heart)" + -tilis "subject to, susceptible to (the action of the verb)" — more at pulsate

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pulsatile was in 1541

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Cite this Entry

“Pulsatile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulsatile. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition


pul·​sa·​tile ˈpəl-sət-ᵊl How to pronounce pulsatile (audio) -sə-ˌtīl How to pronounce pulsatile (audio)
: marked by or occurring in pulsations
a pulsatile glandular secretion
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