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torsade de pointes Syllabification: tor·sade de poin·tes
Pronunciation: /tôrˌsäd də ˈpwänt/

Definition of torsade de pointes in English:


A form of tachycardia in which the electrical pulse in the heart undergoes a cyclical variation in strength, giving a characteristic electrocardiogram resembling a twisted fringe of spikes.
Example sentences
  • These changes may result in cardiac arrhythmias, such as torsade de pointes, atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia, and ventricular tachycardia.
  • Such prolongation increases the risk of torsade de pointes, a ventricular tachycardia-fibrillation with a characteristic electrocardiogram presentation.
  • Patients who experience dizziness, palpitations, or syncope while taking ziprasidone therapy should be evaluated further for the potential occurrence of torsade de pointes.


1960s: French, literally 'twist of spikes'.

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