congestive heart failure

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congestive heart failure

heart′ fail`ure


n.
1. a condition in which the heart fatally ceases to function.
2. a condition in which the heart pumps inadequate amounts of blood, characterized by edema, esp. of the lower legs, and shortness of breath.
[1890–95]

con·ges·tive heart failure

(kən-jĕs′tĭv)
Inability of the heart to circulate blood adequately to the lungs and outer body tissues, resulting in weakness and shortness of breath.

congestive heart failure

Heart failure affecting either the right or left sides of the heart.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.congestive heart failure - inability to pump enough blood to avoid congestion in the tissues
coronary failure, heart failure - inability of the heart to pump enough blood to sustain normal bodily functions