Sphygmo- – definition of sphygmo

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(word root) pulse

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or sphygm-


Pulse: sphygmograph.

[Greek sphugmo-, from sphugmos, pulsation, from sphuzein, sphug-, to throb.]

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or before a vowel


combining form

(Physiology) indicating the pulse: sphygmomanometer.

[from Greek sphugmos pulsation, from sphuzein to throb]

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a combining form meaning “the pulse” (sphygmograph).

[< Greek sphygmós throbbing, pulse, n. derivative of sphýzein to beat]

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