paradoxical pulse n.
An exaggeration of the normal variation in the pulse during respiration, in which the pulse becomes weaker as one inhales and stronger as one exhales; it is characteristic of constrictive pericarditis or pericardial effusion.
- Paradoxical reflex
paradoxical reflex n. A reflex in which the usual response is reversed or does not conform to the pattern characteristic of the particular reflex.
- Paradoxical respiration
paradoxical respiration n. The deflation of the lung during inspiration and inflation during expiration.
noun, Physiology. 1. . noun 1. (physiol) sleep that appears to be deep but that is characterized by a brain wave pattern similar to that of wakefulness, rapid eye movements, and heavier breathing paradoxical sleep n. See REM sleep.
[par-uh-doks] /ˈpær əˌdɒks/ noun 1. a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth. 2. a self-contradictory and false proposition. 3. any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature. 4. an opinion or statement contrary to commonly accepted opinion. /ˈpærəˌdɒks/ noun 1. a seemingly absurd or […]