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ballistocardiogram

Pronunciation: bal-is′tō-kar′dē-ō-gram

Definition: A record of the body's recoil caused by cardiac contraction, the ejection of blood into the aorta, and ventricular filling forces; has been used as a basis for calculating the cardiac output in man, but its lack of accuracy and reproducibility has caused it to be discarded.

[G. ballō, to throw, + kardia, heart, + gramma, something written]

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