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Definition of "palpitation" [pal•pi•ta•tion]

  • A trembling or shaking. (noun)
  • Irregular, rapid beating or pulsation of the heart. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "palpitation" in a sentence
  • "Under this authority the term palpitation may be employed to mark those morbid motions which chiefly characterise this disease, notwithstanding that this term has been anticipated by Sauvages, as characteristic of another species of tremor [7]."
  • "A heart palpitation occurs when a person feels that his or her heart is beating irregularly."
  • "In connexion with the heart there are three phenomena, which, though apparently of the same nature, are really not so, namely palpitation, pulsation, and respiration."
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