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[puhl-sey-shuh n] /pʌlˈseɪ ʃən/

the act of ; beating or throbbing.
a beat or throb, as of the .
vibration or undulation.
a single vibration.
the act of pulsating
(physiol) a rhythmic beating or pulsing esp of the heart or an artery

early 15c., from Middle French pulsation (14c.) and directly from Latin pulsationem (nominative pulsatio) “a beating or striking,” noun of action from past participle stem of pulsare “to beat, strike, push against’ hammer, keep hitting,” figuratively “drive forth, disturb, disquiet,” frequentative of pellere (past participle pulsus) “to beat, strike” (see pulse (n.1)).

pulsation pul·sa·tion (pŭl-sā’shən)


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