Definition of palpitation in English:



usually palpitations
  • A noticeably rapid, strong, or irregular heartbeat due to agitation, exertion, or illness.

    ‘the stimulants gave me palpitations’
    • ‘Extreme anxiety can cause giddiness, heart palpitations, headaches or stomach disorders.’
    • ‘No specific cause of the palpitations could be identified in 16 percent of the patients.’
    • ‘Heart palpitations are the sensation of an irregular rapid or slow beat in the heart.’
    • ‘However they may lead to palpitations, which is an unpleasant awareness of the heartbeat, often described as a thumping in the chest.’
    • ‘These conditions can predispose the patient to arrhythmia and to palpitations.’
    • ‘Vertigo may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and dizziness, as well as palpitations and sweating.’
    • ‘Most patients have only mild symptoms, such as palpitations or the sensation that their heart is beating rapidly.’
    • ‘For symptoms such as insomnia, amnesia, nightmares, rapid heart palpitations and night sweats.’
    • ‘Patients may feel palpitations or a thump in the chest when a beat compensates for a prior missed beat.’
    • ‘Most of the time, palpitations and irregular heartbeats are harmless.’
    • ‘A 34 year old man with a history of migraine presented with palpitations after taking sumatriptan by nasal spray for a severe headache.’
    • ‘Some of the women reported feeling faint or dizzy, having heart palpitations, or having feelings of nausea.’
    • ‘It can also be useful in determining the cause of fainting, dizziness or palpitations.’
    • ‘Others reported a loss of appetite, insomnia, digestive upsets, palpitations, headaches, and muscular aches and pains.’
    • ‘I have had a number of patients in my practice that had their first episode of rapid heart action and palpitation during pregnancy.’
    • ‘Syncope associated with exertion or palpitations suggests cardiac causes.’
    • ‘Then I told my physician I had been having some minor heart palpitations.’
    • ‘Hyperventilation, palpitations, fear, and anxiety are unreliable diagnostic criteria, as these cases demonstrate.’
    • ‘Nine years later, she was admitted to the hospital because of palpitations.’
    • ‘Heart palpitations and cardiac arrhythmias are common problems encountered by family physicians.’
    reverberation, resonance, throbbing, throb, vibrating, pulsation, pulsing, rumbling, rumble, beating, beat, drumming, drum, thumping, thump, thrumming, thrum, pounding, pound, palpitating
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Late Middle English: from Latin palpitatio(n-), from the verb palpitare (see palpitate).