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pace•mak•er



Pronunciation: (pās'mā"kur), [key]
n.
1. pacesetter.
2. Med.an electronic device implanted beneath the skin for providing a normal heartbeat by electrical stimulation of the heart muscle, used in certain heart conditions.
3. Anat., Physiol.any specialized tissue that governs a rhythmic or cyclic biological activity, as the sinoatrial node of the heart that controls heartbeat.

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