bigeminy

bigeminy
Pairing; especially, the occurrence of heart beats in pairs. SYN: bigemini. [bi- + L. geminus, twin]
- atrial b. pairing of atrial beats, as when an atrial extrasystole is coupled to each sinus beat.
- atrioventricular junctional b. paired beats, each pair consisting of an AV nodal extrasystole coupled to a beat of the dominant, usually sinus, rhythm. SYN: nodal b..
- escape-capture b. paired beats, each couplet consisting of an escape beat followed by a conducted sinus beat or an escape beat followed by a conducted ectopic beat (usually atrial with retrograde P wave).
- nodal b. SYN: atrioventricular junctional b..
- reciprocal b. paired beats, each pair consisting of an AV nodal beat followed by a reciprocal beat.
- ventricular b. paired ventricular beats, the common form consisting of ventricular extrasystoles coupled to sinus beats.

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bi·gem·i·ny bī-'jem-ə-nē n, pl -nies the state of having a pulse characterized by two beats close together with a pause following each pair of beats
bi·gem·i·nal -ən-əl adj

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n.
the condition in which alternate ectopic beat of the heart are transmitted to the pulse and felt as a double pulse beat (pulsus bigeminus). It is a common manifestation of digitalis poisoning.

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bi·gem·i·ny (bi-jemґĭ-ne) [bi- + geminus] 1. occurring in pairs. 2. the occurrence of a bigeminal pulse. bigeminal adj

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  • bigeminy — [bī jem′ə nē] n. [< bigemin(ate), in two pairs (< BI 1 + GEMINATE) + Y3] the state of occurring in pairs, as a rhythm of the heartbeat consisting of pairs of beats bigeminal adj …   English World dictionary

  • bigeminy — noun Etymology: bigeminal (double, paired), from Late Latin bigeminus, from bi + geminus twin Date: circa 1923 the state of having a pulse characterized by two beats close together with a pause following each pair of beats • bigeminal adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bigeminy — bigeminal, adj. /buy jem euh nee/, n. Med. the occurrence of premature atrial or ventricular heartbeats in pairs. [1920 25; < LL bigemin(us) double (equiv. to L bi BI 1 + geminus twin) + Y3] * * * …   Universalium

  • bigeminy — n. state of being twins …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bigeminy — bi·gem·i·ny …   English syllables

  • bigeminy — n. the condition in which alternate ectopic beats of the heart are transmitted to the pulse and felt as a double pulse beat (pulsus bigeminus). It is a common manifestation of digitalis poisoning …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • bigeminy — bi•gem•i•ny [[t]baɪˈdʒɛm ə ni[/t]] n. med pat the occurrence of premature atrial or ventricular heartbeats in pairs • Etymology: 1920–25; < LL bi•gem′i•nal, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • bigeminy — bīˈjemənē noun ( es) Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary bigemin (from Late Latin bigeminus doubled) + y : the state of being bigeminal; specifically …   Useful english dictionary

  • rule of bigeminy — bigeminy tends to be self perpetuating because the premature complexes both precipitate and are caused by long cardiac cycles …   Medical dictionary

  • atrial bigeminy — an arrhythmia consisting of the repetitive sequence of one atrial premature complex followed by one normal sinus impulse. Atrial bigeminy; each sinus beat is followed by an atrial premature complex …   Medical dictionary

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