From Middle French pulsacion, and its source, Latin pulsātiō (“a beating or striking”).
pulsation (countable and uncountable, plural pulsations)
- The regular throbbing of the heart, an artery etc. in a living body; the pulse. [from 15th c.]
- 1844, Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Premature Burial’:
- Pulsation had ceased. For three days the body was preserved unburied, during which it had acquired a stony rigidity.
- Any rhythmic beating, throbbing etc. [from 17th c.]
- (now rare) Physical striking; a blow. [from 17th c.]
- By the Cornelian law, pulsation as well as verberation is prohibited.
- A single beat, throb or vibration. [from 19th c.]
regular throbbing of the heart