Definition of palpitation in US English:

palpitation

noun

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

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

Late Middle English: from Latin palpitatio(n-), from the verb palpitare (see palpitate).

Pronunciation

palpitation

/ˌpalpəˈtāSH(ə)n//ˌpælpəˈteɪʃ(ə)n/