stress test

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stress test

stress test or exercise electrocardiography, in medicine, a test that evaluates the performance of the heart by subjecting it to controlled amounts of physical stress. Such tests, which include walking on a treadmill, measure the heart's reaction to an increased demand for oxygen. The test ends when the patient reaches a predetermined heart rate or experiences chest pain or fatigue. See electrocardiography.
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stress test

[′stres ‚test]
(computer science)
A test of new software or hardware under unusually heavy work loads.
(engineering)
A test of equipment under extreme conditions, outside the range anticipated in normal operation.
(medicine)
A procedure involving continuous electrocardiographic monitoring during exercise, as running a treadmill, to test the circulatory response to physical stress.
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