The regular contraction and expansion of the arterial walls as blood is pumped through them by the heart. The pulse can be used tactilely to measure heart rate. Also determining the strength of the pulse at various points in the body can show adequate or inadequate blood flow.

PULSE: "The nurse would always take the patient's pulse when conducting her rounds."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PULSE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/pulse/ (accessed November 23, 2020).