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DICROTISM

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A condition in which the PULSE occurs as a beat each time the heart contracts. A dicrotic wave is naturally present in a tracing of any pulse as recorded by an instrument for the purpose, but in health it is imperceptible to the finger. In fevers, a dicrotic pulse is a serious sign in which the heart continues to beat violently while the small blood vessels have lost their tone.

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