pul·​sa·​tion | \ ˌpəl-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce pulsation (audio) \

Definition of pulsation

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)

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Examples of pulsation in a Sentence

you should press against the artery in your wrist and count the pulsations to calculate your heart rate
Recent Examples on the Web It's designed with sonic pulsation technology that delivers up to 10,000 pulses per minute to help work your cleanser into clogged pores. ELLE, 28 Apr. 2022 But Frazier had come to believe that, whatever the benefits of pulsation, they were outweighed by the virtues of durability and simplicity. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2021 What’s Your Pleasure?, on which the U.K. singer, known for lush ballads, turned to Paradise Garage–style pulsation. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 23 Dec. 2020 His evidence came from Cepheids, variable stars in the nebulae that reveal their true brightness, and thus their distance, by their pulsation period—a relation discovered by Henrietta Swan Leavitt. Martin Rees, Scientific American, 18 Aug. 2020 These sound waves travel from within the star to create pulsation patterns at their surfaces. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 15 May 2020 The pulsations from this star were discovered using HiPERCAM, a revolutionary high-speed camera. Fox News, 18 Mar. 2020 The next step of the research is to continue observing the white dwarf to record as many pulsations as possible using HiPERCAM and the Hubble Space Telescope. Fox News, 18 Mar. 2020 This wobbling is known as a magnetic pulsation, explains Matthew Fillingim, a space physicist at the University of California, Berkeley, and a member of the InSight science team. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, 20 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of pulsation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pulsation

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

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6 May 2022

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“Pulsation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulsation. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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pul·​sa·​tion | \ ˌpəl-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce pulsation (audio) \

Medical Definition of pulsation

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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