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An instrument for graphically recording the form, strength, and variations of the arterial pulse.

sphyg′mo·graph′ic adj.
sphyg·mog′ra·phy (-mŏg′rə-fē) n.
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(ˈsfɪɡməʊˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf)
(Medicine) med an instrument for making a recording (sphygmogram) of variations in blood pressure and pulse
sphygmographic adj
sphygmography n
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(ˈsfɪg məˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf)

an instrument for recording the rapidity, strength, and uniformity of the arterial pulse.
sphyg`mo•graph′ic (-ˈgræf ɪk) adj.
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an instrument for measuring and recording various characteristics of the arterial pulse.
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