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Pronunciation: trans'shent, -se-ent


  1. Short-lived; passing; not permanent; said of a disease or an attack.
  2. A short-lived cardiac sound having little duration (less than 0.12 seconds) as distinct from a murmur; first, second, third, and fourth heart sounds, clicks, and opening snaps.

[L. transeo, pres. p. transiens, to cross over]

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