congestive heart failure

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congestive heart failure

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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]
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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.
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congestive heart failure

Heart failure affecting either the right or left sides of the heart.
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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
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