Definition of arrhythmic in US English:


(also arhythmic)


  • 1Not rhythmic; without rhythm or regularity.

    ‘the arrhythmic clip-clop of pony steps’
    • ‘This fidgeting included absent-minded arhythmic key rattling, and moving repeatedly in his seat.’
    • ‘Featuring only Spencer Seim's erratically melodic guitar and Zach Hill's pummeling, rhythmically arrhythmic drums, Hella has enough energy to power a small town, or at least get a few folks convulsing in reaction.’
    • ‘Now, it's just words, torrents of them, stubbornly arrhythmic at times and other times too clinical to have any emotional impact.’
    • ‘As Wilson sits, singing from a pair of lyric prompters, he gesticulates in an arrhythmic, unsettling fashion.’
    • ‘Somewhat infelicitous and arrhythmic on paper, the pledge is powerful when chanted out loud by thousands.’
    • ‘Other songs branch off down these individual tributaries: ‘High on the Mountain of Love’ is an avalanche of sound; unwieldy and arrhythmic, the only thing certain about it is its persistent, all-encompassing forward momentum.’
    • ‘All three tracks attract dramatic arhythmic percussion like filings round a magnet.’
    • ‘The note-taking during the reading of the Flusser book enabled me to overcome the travel sickness in the arrhythmic opening movement that is inevitable in an unfamiliar book.’
    • ‘His eyes were darting around frantically, his left leg bounced with a steady, arrhythmic, annoying rhythm and he was wringing his hands consistently.’
    • ‘We start our trek with some arrhythmic percussion.’
    • ‘‘Mäander’ is an incredible, multi-layered sound world of 4 or 5 layers of clarinets that is atonal, arrhythmic, ominous, and funereal.’
    • ‘Even the most arrhythmic Luddite has to cheer up when suddenly confronted with the Dr Who theme.’
    • ‘O'Brien's stodgy, arrhythmic prose never brings its subject to life.’
    • ‘Iverson's Cheney Pinata is a lopsidedly bouncy Latin piece, with the pianist splicing complex, arrhythmic lines into spaces they shouldn't fit.’
    • ‘Failing to understand or convey anything of the philosophy behind the notes, his performance was consistently stiff, hard and frankly arrhythmic.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the software applies various ‘error correction’ techniques to prevent an onslaught of arrhythmic noise, unless of course that's the goal.’
    • ‘The editing is arrhythmic - it somehow feels cut all wrong, like there's no breathing room.’
    • ‘By the end of the piece, they are more apparent than they were at the start, since listeners take the arrhythmic nature of speech for granted.’
    • ‘Thus his playing, metrical but superficial and arrhythmic, astounds not for its virtuosity, but for precisely the opposite: an ignorance of what rhythm is all about.’
    • ‘They're not completely arrhythmic, the rhythms are just highly unconventional, often with different parts playing in different time signatures.’
    1. 1.1Medicine Relating to or suffering from cardiac arrhythmia.
      • ‘All 10 mice that received the drug thrived and never developed an arrhythmia, while 8 out of 9 untreated mice became arrhythmic and died.’
      • ‘There are divergent results with respect to the association between heart rate variability and arrhythmic events.’
      • ‘Continuous ST-segment monitoring provides uninterrupted, real-time information about the occurrence, frequency, and severity of significant arrhythmic and ischemic cardiac events.’
      • ‘Consequently, haemodynamic and arrhythmic complications arose, with the need for repeat catheterisation and revascularisation, prolonged hospital stay, and increased costs.’
      • ‘In the 1970s and 1980s, powerful oral and parenteral inotropic agents were developed to increase CO, but their use was associated with greater and earlier cardiac mortality, primarily due to sudden arrhythmic death.’
      • ‘By increasing the number of needles inserted through the heart wall, the transmural spread of electrical activation has been mapped in three dimensions, revealing details of normal and arrhythmic propagation.’
      • ‘My heart's arrhythmic, and one time I took a hormone test that indicated it was possible for me to have a thyroid disease.’
      • ‘At follow-up, death was defined as cardiac related if there was documentation of acute ischemic syndrome, arrhythmic or sudden death, or heart failure as the terminal event.’
      • ‘The extract also improved anaphylactic cardiac dysfunction in passively sensitized isolated guinea hearts: improvement was noted in the contractility, arrhythmic duration and lactate dehydrogenase elevation.’
      • ‘Similarly there are dose response increases in heart attacks, and arrhythmic heart disease and death.’
      • ‘In the arrhythmic patients, the antiarrhythmic treatment was gradually reduced, and in patients 1, 3, and 9, it was withdrawn.’
      • ‘Twenty-four hour electrocardiographic monitoring is indicated when there is an increased probability of identifying an arrhythmic cause for syncope.’
      • ‘Patients with left ventricular dysfunction after MI are at risk for sudden arrhythmic death.’
      • ‘Therefore, true arrhythmic causes must be ruled out before the diagnosis of anxiety or panic disorder can be accepted as the cause of the palpitations. (1,11,12)’
      • ‘In patients with heart disease, an arrhythmic cause should be excluded.’
      • ‘All deaths were of cardiac origin: pump failure, arrhythmic deaths.’
      • ‘The authors speculate that a group of patients with severe heart disease are ‘saved’ from an arrhythmic death only to die from pump failure without any clinically important increase in the overall lifespan.’
      • ‘It also recommends it in certain patients who have not yet had a serious arrhythmic event but who are at high risk of sudden cardiac death, as primary prevention.’
      • ‘The ACCP recommends that patients with suspected PAH be screened with echocardiography to detect cardiac anatomic and arrhythmic problems.’