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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: em'bre-o-kar'de-a


A condition in which the cadence of the heart sounds resembles that of the fetus, the first and second sounds becoming alike and evenly spaced; a sign of serious myocardial disease.

Synonym(s): pendulum rhythm, tic-tac rhythm, tic-tac sounds

[embryo- + G. kardia, heart]

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