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pulse

Pronunciation: puls

Definition: Rhythmic dilation of an artery, produced by the increased volume of blood thrown into the vessel by the contraction of the heart. A pulse may also at times occur in a vein or a vascular organ, such as the liver.

Synonym(s): pulsus

[L. pulsus]

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