Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Irregularity in the force or rhythm of the heartbeat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, irregularity. Also spelled arhythmia.

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  • noun An irregular heartbeat.

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  • noun an abnormal rate of muscle contractions in the heart

Etymologies

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

[New Latin, from Greek arruthmiā, lack of rhythm, from arruthmos, unrhythmical : a-, without; see a– + rhuthmos, rhythm; see rhythm.]

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From Ancient Greek ἄρρυθμος (arruthmos), via New Latin arrythmia.

Examples

  • "The term arrhythmia refers to any change from the normal sequence of electrical impulses, causing abnormal heart rhythms.

    Auburn Journal - Top Stories

  • (An arrhythmia is an irregular heart beat caused by a problem with the heart's built-in electrical system.)

    Heart Palpitations

  • Multaq was approved for short-term arrhythmia lasting less than six months.

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  • Multaq was approved for short-term arrhythmia lasting less than six months.

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  • Multaq was approved for short-term arrhythmia lasting less than six months.

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  • Based on the results of these tests, the pediatric cardiologist will determine whether your child has an arrhythmia, which is an irregular heart beat caused by a problem with the heart's built-in electrical system.

    Heart Palpitations

  • The only way it could affect your heart, and even this is a stretch, is if you peed so much that you lost too many electrolytes and your heart went into arrhythmia, which is not what happened here.

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  • The only way it could affect your heart, and even this is a stretch, is if you peed so much that you lost too many electrolytes and your heart went into arrhythmia, which is not what happened here.

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  • BLAKEY: Again, the American College of Cardiology says that these defibrillators are 99 percent effective at avoiding sudden death from arrhythmia, which is what apparent the doctors believe the vice president is suffering from.

    CNN Transcript Jun 30, 2001

  • "I think she got such a shock over Portia's death that her heart went into a dangerous arrhythmia, which is an irregular heartbeat, and she didn't recover," said Mrs Sugliano, who also lost her father in December last year.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

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