Ballistocardiograph Definition

An instrument that records the slight recoil of the body, while on a special bed, caused by the contractions of the heart: used to measure cardiac pumping power and the elasticity of the aorta.
Webster's New World
A device used to determine the volume of blood passing through the heart in a specific period of time and the force of cardiac contraction by measuring the body's recoil as blood is ejected from the ventricles with each heartbeat.
American Heritage Medicine

An instrument which measures ballistic forces on the heart, producing a graphical representation of repetitive motions of the human body arising from the sudden ejection of blood into the great vessels with each heart beat.


Origin of Ballistocardiograph

  • ballist(ic) cardiograph

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • ballisto- +‎ cardiograph

    From Wiktionary

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