• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pulsatile Capable of being struck or beaten; played by beating or by percussion; as, a tambourine is a pulsatile musical instrument.
    • Pulsatile Pulsating; throbbing, as a tumor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pulsatile Capable of pulsating; pulsating or pulsatory; throbbing; beating.
    • pulsatile Requiring to be struck in order to produce sound; in music, noting an instrument the tone of which is produced by blows, as of a hammer, as a drum, tambourine, cymbals, or a bell. The epithet is not commonly used with reference to stringed instruments, like the dulcimer or the pianoforte, though it properly belongs to them. Compare percussive.
    • n pulsatile A musical instrument which is sounded by means of blows.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pulsatile that can pulsate, as a wound: that may be struck or beaten, as a drum: played by beating: acting by pulsation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. It. pulsatile, Sp. pulsatil,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pulsāre, -ātum, to beat, freq. of pellĕre, pulsum, to drive.


In literature:

The tam-tam, a pulsatile instrument!
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker

In news:

We report the case of a 34-year-old man with pulsatile tinnitus and a reddish mass in the anteroinferior quadrant of the middle ear.
A 24-year-old woman presented with a 3-year history of left aural fullness and pulsatile tinnitus.
A 42-year-old woman presented with pulsatile tinnitus and some difficulty hearing in her left ear.
50-year-old male with pulsatile tinnitus.
A 50-year-old man presents with 2 months of pulsatile tinnitus.

In science:

Pulsatile dynamic stiffness of cartilage-like materials and use of agarose gels to validate mechanical methods and models. J.
Accounting for the thickness effect in dynamic spherical indentation of a viscoelastic layer: Application to non-destructive testing of articular cartilage