Definition of Polygraph

1. Noun. A medical instrument that records several physiological processes simultaneously (e.g., pulse rate and blood pressure and respiration and perspiration).

Specialized synonyms: Lie Detector
Generic synonyms: Medical Instrument



Definition of Polygraph

1. n. An instrument for multiplying copies of a writing; a manifold writer; a copying machine.

Definition of Polygraph

1. Noun. A device which measures and records several physiological variables such as blood pressure, heart rate, respiration and skin conductivity while a series of questions is being asked to a subject, in an attempt to detect lies. ¹

2. Noun. (dated) An mechanical instrument for multiplying copies of a writing, resembling multiple pantographs. ¹

3. Noun. (archaic) A collection of different works, either by one or several authors. ¹

4. Verb. To administer a polygraph test. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Polygraph

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Polygraph

1. 1. An instrument for multiplying copies of a writing; a manifold writer; a copying machine. 2. In bibliography, a collection of different works, either by one or several authors. Origin: Gr. Writing much; much, many + to write: cf. F. Polygraphe. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Polygraph

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1. Due Reverence: Antiques in the Possession of the American Philosophical Society by Murphy D. Smith (1992)
"18) Nicholas P. Trist, a student of Jefferson's, presented a polygraph to the ... He invented the polygraph about 1802: a device for writing more than one ..."

2. A Manual of Physiology: With Practical Exercises by George Neil Stewart (1918)
"polygraph Tracings.—Arrange the polygraph over the radial artery, as with an ordinary ... If the polygraph is provided with clockwork to record time, ..."

3. The Military Commander & the Law edited by Richard A. Gittins (1998)
"AFOSI is the single manager for the Air Force polygraph program. — All polygraph requests should be coordinated with the Staff Judge Advocate and AFOSI. ..."

4. Diseases of the heart by James Mackenzie (1908)
"The polygraph. 71. The clinical polygraph. 72. The ink polygraph. IN the examination of the vast majority of patients, the diagnosis can be made ..."

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