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ˌpæl pɪˈteɪ ʃənpal·pi·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. palpitationnoun

    a rapid and irregular heart beat

  2. shaking, shakiness, trembling, quiver, quivering, vibration, palpitationnoun

    a shaky motion

    "the shaking of his fingers as he lit his pipe"


  1. palpitationnoun

    An abnormal awareness of the beating of the heart.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palpitationnoun

    a rapid pulsation; a throbbing; esp., an abnormal, rapid beating of the heart as when excited by violent exertion, strong emotion, or by disease

    Etymology: [L. palpitatio: cf. F. palpitation.]


  1. Palpitation

    Palpitation is an abnormality of heartbeat that ranges from often unnoticed skipped beats or accelerated heartrate to very noticeable changes accompanied by dizziness or difficulty breathing. Palpitations are common and occur in most individuals with healthy hearts. Palpitations without underlying heart disease are generally considered benign. However, heart palpitations can be symptoms of illnesses such as coronary heart disease, asthma, or emphysema. Patients can notice palpitations through abnormal or normal awareness. The difference between an abnormal awareness and a normal awareness is that the former interrupts other thoughts, whereas the latter is almost always caused by a concentration on the beating of one's heart. In general, a palpitation can be one of two types of beats: premature atrial contraction, or a premature ventricular contraction. Palpitations may be brought on by overexertion, stress, anxiety, panic, adrenaline, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, cocaine, amphetamines, and other drugs, disease or as a symptom of panic disorder and many other factors. It can also happen in mitral stenosis. Nearly everyone experiences an occasional awareness of their heart beating or weak chest, but when it occurs frequently, it can indicate a problem. Palpitations may be associated with heart problems, but also with kidney disease, electrolyte imbalances for magnesium and calcium, anemias, asthma, and thyroid malfunction.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of palpitation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of palpitation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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