Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An instrument used to record the mechanical movements of the heart.
  • n. See electrocardiograph.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an instrument which, placed in contact with the chest, graphically registers the comparative duration and intensity of the heart's movements

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument which, when placed in contact with the chest, will register graphically the comparative duration and intensity of the heart's movements.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In physiology, an apparatus for recording by a tracing the movements of the heart.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. medical instrument that records electric currents associated with contractions of the heart
  • n. a medical instrument that measures the mechanical force of cardiac contractions and the amount of blood passing through the heart during a specified period by measuring the recoil of the body as blood is pumped from the ventricles

Etymologies

cardio- + -graph (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The whole work is a like a heart cardiograph— a mechanical reflection of a life rhythm.

    Cost of Dignity-Priceless, LaToya Ruby Frazier «

  • Themba also received diagnostic orthopedic equipment, physiotherapy machines, an ultrasound scanner and a foetal cardiograph for its maternity unit.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • “Not fifteen years ago English doctors experimenting with a portable cardiograph at the Sheffield mortuary detected signs of life in a young woman certified dead from a drug overdose.”

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

  • I saw Jonathan give them a swift sweep of the eyes and supposed he could identify the lot, and he said afterwards that they had all seemed to be standard machines for measuring body changes - cardiograph, encephalograph, gauges for temperature, respiration and skin moisture - and there had been at least two of each.

    Twice shy

  • The last instrument reading had been taken; the spots of light on the cardiograph display had ceased their fateful dance.

    Tales of Ten Worlds

  • The cardiograph is constructed with an unerring accuracy by which a one-hundredth part of a second is indicated on a graph.

    Autobiography of a Yogi

  • The great botanist predicted that use of his cardiograph will lead to vivisection on plants instead of animals.

    Autobiography of a Yogi

  • "There's some people in town that say the doc is a fair to middlin 'diagnostician and prescription-writer, but let me whisper this to you -- but for heaven's sake don't tell him I said so -- don't you ever go to him for anything more serious than a pendectomy of the left ear or a strabismus of the cardiograph."

    Main Street

  • After I had practically been declared one hundred per cent pluperfect I gave the electric cardiograph man a picture or exhibition performance under an attack.

    Letters of Franklin K. Lane

  • Ryan says tests done this week show no changes in his heart since his previous cardiograph four years earlier.

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