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Etymology: OFr, bondir, to leap; L, pulsare, to beat
a pulse that feels full and springlike on palpation as a result of an increased thrust of cardiac contraction or an increased volume of circulating blood within the elastic structures of the vascular system.
A pulse that reaches a higher intensity than normal, then disappears quickly. Best detected when the arm is held aloft.Synonym: collapsing pulse
See also: pulse