pulsation

noun

pul·​sa·​tion ˌpəl-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce pulsation (audio)
1
: rhythmical throbbing or vibrating (as of an artery)
also : a single beat or throb
2
: a periodically recurring alternate increase and decrease of a quantity (such as pressure, volume, or voltage)

Examples of pulsation in a Sentence

you should press against the artery in your wrist and count the pulsations to calculate your heart rate
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Word History

Etymology

Middle English pulsacioun, borrowed from Medieval Latin pulsātiōn-, pulsātiō, going back to Latin, "repeated striking, knocking (on a door)," from pulsāre "to strike with repeated blows, beat, (in passive) beat wildly (of the heart)" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at pulsate

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pulsation was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pulsation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulsation. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

pulsation

noun
pul·​sa·​tion ˌpəl-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce pulsation (audio)
: a rhythmic vibrating or expanding and contracting movement or action (as of an artery)
also : a single throb of such movement

Medical Definition

pulsation

noun
pul·​sa·​tion ˌpəl-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce pulsation (audio)
1
: rhythmic throbbing or vibrating (as of an artery)
also : a single beat or throb
2
: a periodically recurring alternate increase and decrease of a quantity (as pressure, volume, or voltage)

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