Definition of dicrotic in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈkrɒtɪk/


Denoting a pulse in which a double beat is detectable for each beat of the heart.
Example sentences
  • As with the arterial pressure wave, a normal pulse volume tracing has a brisk upstroke and a dicrotic notch.
  • The balloon should begin inflation on the dicrotic notch which represents the beginning of diastole.
  • The precise mechanism for a dicrotic pulse in the last group is not clear; it is more frequently observed in patients with pump failure postoperatively.


Early 19th century: from Greek dikrotos 'beating twice' + -ic.

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