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

  • n. A premature contraction of the heart, resulting in momentary cardiac arrhythmia.

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  • n. A premature contraction of the heart, producing an interruption or irregularity in heartbeat rhythm, associated with heart disease or the use of some pharmaceuticals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a premature systole resulting in a momentary cardiac arrhythmia

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Examples

  • Anyway, my new words: extrasystole as in “He asked me if it was like an extrasystole.”

    My Vocabulary Expands Again « So Many Books

  • To describe a single extrasystole, an ectopic heartbeat, as like a slight stumble in a dance and to introduce the complex mechanism of hearing with the statement that 'every one of us has a tiny harp inside his ear' suggests that he is a skillful teacher.… The kathartai, forerunners of doctors in pre-Hippocratic Greece, were said to purify the soul by the soothing and calming combination of music, dance, poetry and song.

    The Chicago Blog: April 2006 Archives

  • To describe a single extrasystole, an ectopic heartbeat, as like a slight stumble in a dance and to introduce the complex mechanism of hearing with the statement that 'every one of us has a tiny harp inside his ear' suggests that he is a skillful teacher.

    The Chicago Blog

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