noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, lack of rhythm, from arrhythmos unrhythmical, from a- + rhythmos rhythm Date: circa 1860 an alteration in rhythm of the heartbeat either in time or force

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  • arrhythmia — [ə rith′mē ə] n. [ModL < Gr, lack of rhythm < a , without + rhythmos, measure] any irregularity in the rhythm of the heart s beating arrhythmic adj. arrhythmical arrhythmically adv …   English World dictionary

  • arrhythmia — arrhythmic /euh ridh mik, ay ridh /, arrhythmical, adj. arrhythmically, adv. /euh ridh mee euh, ay ridh /, n. Pathol. any disturbance in the rhythm of the heartbeat. Also, arhythmia. [1885 90; < NL < Gk arrhythmía. See A 6, RHYTHM, IA] * * *… …   Universalium

  • Arrhythmia — An abnormal heart rhythm. In an arrhythmia the heartbeats may be too slow, too rapid, too irregular, or too early. Rapid arrhythmias (greater than 100 beats per minute) are called tachycardias. Slow arrhythmias (slower than 60 beats per minute)… …   Medical dictionary

  • arrhythmia — Lack of normal ordered rhythm particularly in the case of the heart where arrhythmia can be a prelude to cardiac arrest …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • arrhythmia — ar•rhyth•mi•a [[t]əˈrɪð mi ə, eɪˈrɪð [/t]] n. pat any disturbance in the rhythm of the heartbeat • Etymology: 1885–90; < Gk arrhythmía. See a VI, rhythm ar•rhyth′mic, ar•rhyth′mi•cal, adj. ar•rhyth′mi•cal•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

  • arrhythmia — noun an abnormal rate of muscle contractions in the heart • Syn: ↑cardiac arrhythmia • Derivationally related forms: ↑arrhythmic • Hypernyms: ↑heart disease, ↑cardiopathy • Hyponyms …   Useful english dictionary

  • arrhythmia — noun An irregular heartbeat …   Wiktionary

  • arrhythmia — n. irregular heartbeat (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • arrhythmia — [ə rɪδmɪə] (also arhythmia) noun Medicine a condition in which the heart beats with an irregular or abnormal rhythm. Origin C19: from Gk arruthmia lack of rhythm , from a without + rhuthmos (see rhythm) …   English new terms dictionary

  • arrhythmia — ar·rhyth·mia …   English syllables

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