What is pulse?

  • (noun): The rate at which the heart beats; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health.
    Synonyms: pulse rate, heart rate
    See also — Additional definitions below


In medicine, one's pulse represents the tactile arterial palpation of the heartbeat by trained fingertips. The pulse may be palpated in any place that allows an artery to be compressed against a bone, such as at the neck (carotid artery), at the wrist (radial artery), behind the knee (popliteal artery), on the inside of the elbow (brachial artery), and near the ankle joint (posterior tibial artery). The pulse can also be measured by listening to the heart beat directly (auscultation), traditionally using a stethoscope.

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Pulse 87 - Financial Problems and Closure
... Plans to expand Pulse 87 to other markets were canceled due to financial difficulties, most of which were unrelated to the creation of the Pulse 87 format and predated it significantly ... Mega said it was hoping to continue operating Pulse while it restructures under Chapter 11. ... had the right to terminate the contract, and therefore Pulse 87 would have been off the air ...
Steve Nisbett
... (born March 15, 1948, in Nevis) was a drummer for the reggae group Steel Pulse from 1977 to 2001 ... Before joining Steel Pulse, he was a member of various soul bands, such as Penny Black, Rebel, and Roy Gee and the Stax Explosion ... He joined Pulse in 1977 before their debut album Handsworth Revolution through their 1997 release Rage and Fury ...
Pulse 87 - Re-emergence Through Internet Radio
... internet stream using the lead-ins from the former Pulse 87 ... The new site is operated by Joel Salkowitz, the former program director of the Pulse 87 format, who purchased the Pulse 87 automation equipment and rights to the Pulse 87 ...
... C-UWB is an acronym for Continuous Pulse Ultra-wideband technology ... bandwidth by virtue of the short time duration of the individual pulses ... Information can be imparted (modulated) on UWB signals (pulses) by encoding the polarity of the pulse, the amplitude of the pulse, and/or also by using orthogonal pulse shape modulation ...
Common Pulse Sites - Torso
... Apical pulse located in the 4.5th or 5th left intercostal space, just outside the mid-clavicular line ... In contrast with other pulse sites, the apical pulse site is unilateral, and measured not under an artery, but below the heart itself (more specifically, the apex of the heart) ...

More definitions of "pulse":

  • (verb): Produce or modulate (as electromagnetic waves) in the form of short bursts or pulses or cause an apparatus to produce pulses.
    Example: "Pulse waves"
    Synonyms: pulsate
  • (noun): The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart.
    Synonyms: pulsation, heartbeat, beat
  • (verb): Drive by or as if by pulsation.
    Example: "A soft breeze pulsed the air"
  • (verb): Expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically.
    Synonyms: pulsate, throb
  • (noun): (electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients).
    Synonyms: pulsation, pulsing, impulse
  • (noun): Edible seeds of various pod-bearing plants (peas or beans or lentils etc.).

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