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An instrument for recording variations in pressure, as of the blood, or in tension, as of a muscle, by means of a pen or stylus that marks a rotating drum.

[Greek kūma, something swollen; see cyma + -graph.]

ky′mo·graph′ic adj.


(ˈkaɪməˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf) or


1. (Medicine) med a rotatable drum for holding paper on which a tracking stylus continuously records variations in blood pressure, respiratory movements, etc
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics this device as applied to the measurement of variations in the muscular action of the articulatory organs
3. (Aeronautics) an instrument for recording the angular oscillations of an aircraft in flight
[C20: from Greek kuma wave + -graph]
ˌkymoˈgraphic, ˌcymoˈgraphic adj


(ˈkaɪ məˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf)

an instrument for measuring and graphically recording variations in fluid pressure, as those of the human pulse.
ky`mo•graph′ic (-ˈgræf ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.kymograph - scientific instrument consisting of a rotating drum holding paper on which a stylus traces a continuous record (as of breathing or blood pressure)
scientific instrument - an instrument used by scientists
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Replicating Lombroso's work, she used an early version of the lie detector, called a kymograph, to compare the physical features, respiration, and responses to pain among white female college students and white female prisoners.
This twitch in the middle phalanges of digits IV and V was recorded by the myography on a kymograph.
In their attempt "to show that living organisms could be treated like machines," (19) whose functions were rational and observable rather than the effect of some immaterial (and so immeasurable) "vital" force, the experimental physiologists coming of age in the 1840s used an array of specially designed instruments-many of which, such as Ludwig's kymograph (Fig.
Sovijarvi (1943), whose kymograph contours showed that the phoneme kk was roughly twice as long as k phoneme in the word rikod (Tunkelo 1946 : 145).
NIS-Elements C allows diverse image acquisition and analysis methods with techniques such as Colocalization, 2D Object Tracking and Kymograph displays.