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accrochage

Pronunciation: ak-rō-shahzh′

Definition: Intermittent synchronization of two different rhythms of the heart with one influencing the behavior of the other when neither is dominant; seen in cases of atrioventricular dissociation when an atrial beat falls shortly after a ventricular beat, the latter causing the atrial beat to occur sooner than expected.

[Fr. hooking, hitching]

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