pulsation

noun
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 My face also seemed brighter and more awake, with less fine lines visible immediately after use—presumably thanks to the pulsations. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "We Tried The Foreo Luna 3 For Three Different Skin Types—Here’s What Happened," 12 Dec. 2019 The data revealed subtle variations in many of the stars’ pulsations that hinted at stellar processes beyond those described by Eddington. Quanta Magazine, "Strange Stars Pulse to the Golden Mean," 10 Mar. 2015 Roughly the size of your palm, the Foreo Luna 3 uses soft silicone bristles and 16 different T-sonic pulsations to deeply cleanse pores without irritating your skin. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "The Anti-Aging Face Cleansing Brush Chrissy Teigen Loves Keeps Selling Out—But You Can Still Buy it Here," 2 Dec. 2019 In addition to the odd magnetic pulsations, the lander’s data show that the Martian crust is far more powerfully magnetic than scientists expected. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Mysterious magnetic pulses discovered on Mars," 20 Sep. 2019 This cult-favorite cleansing brush is a favorite with beauty experts and influencers alike, since uses T-Sonic pulsations to cleanse deep below the skin's surface. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Friday," 18 Oct. 2019 Night-time pulsations on Earth tend to happen at higher latitudes and are linked to the northern and southern lights. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Mysterious magnetic pulses discovered on Mars," 20 Sep. 2019 Why does the sequence of numbers in the above chart resemble the characteristic spiky, periodic pulsations of an electrocardiograph? Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Be Still My Pulsating Sequence’," 25 Nov. 2015 That pulsation rate, as well as their brightness, can determine their distance from Earth. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Red giant stars create new way to measure how quickly the universe is expanding," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of pulsation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pulsation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulsation. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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pulsation

noun
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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