Definitions

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

  • n. An abnormality in an otherwise normal rhythmic pattern, as of brain waves being recorded by an electroencephalograph.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A disturbance to an otherwise normal rhythm (especially of the heart)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, an occasional disturbance of rhythm.

Etymologies

New Latin : dys- + Latin rhythmus, rhythm; see rhythm.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • My first full day in Hanoi I awoke at 4 a.m., but for once I was grateful for circadian dysrhythmia, otherwise known as jet lag.

    Tour of Hanoi

  • "I've been able to cut back on diuretic drugs by a third and cut another medicine for cardiac dysrhythmia by half."

    QUIETING A BODY'S DEFENSES

  • You have got methadone, Lexapro and Zoloft -- some question of a cardiac dysrhythmia associated with those drugs.

    CNN Transcript Feb 9, 2007

  • The most likely would be something in the heart producing a cardiac dysrhythmia.

    CNN Transcript Feb 8, 2007

  • WECHT: It could be pure drugs or it could be drugs related to a cardiac dysrhythmia.

    CNN Transcript Feb 8, 2007

  • I also believe that those drugs, which are known to have the specific propensity to precipitate a cardiac dysrhythmia, I think that the drugs in Daniel Smith's case did exactly that, and that is why that boy died so suddenly and seemingly inexplicably at the time.

    CNN Transcript Feb 8, 2007

  • And, by the way, there's a very specific cardiac dysrhythmia, (INAUDIBLE), French, which has come to be known to be especially associated with antidepressants.

    CNN Transcript Sep 27, 2006

  • BRIAN CABELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The death certificate for Nathaniel Jones will list cardiac dysrhythmia, another term for cardiac arrest, as the official cause of death.

    CNN Transcript Dec 4, 2003

  • BRIAN CABELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The official cause of death, cardiac dysrhythmia.

    CNN Transcript Dec 4, 2003

  • QUESTION: Did you say the cause was dysrhythmia, did I understand you to say that?

    CNN Transcript Dec 3, 2003

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