transitive verb see defibrillator

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  • defibrillate — [dē fib′rə lāt΄, dēfī′brəlāt΄] vt. defibrillated, defibrillating to stop fibrillation of (the heart), as by the use of electric current defibrillation n. defibrillator n …   English World dictionary

  • defibrillate — defibrillation, n. /dee fuy breuh layt , fib reuh /, v.t., defibrillated, defibrillating. Med. to arrest the fibrillation of (heart muscle) by applying electric shock across the chest, thus depolarizing the heart cells and allowing normal rhythm… …   Universalium

  • defibrillate — verb To stop the fibrillation of the heart in order to restore normal contractions, especially by the use of an electric shock …   Wiktionary

  • defibrillate — v. use electric shock to stop fibrillation of the heart muscle (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • defibrillate — de·fibrillate …   English syllables

  • defibrillate — de•fi•bril•late [[t]diˈfaɪ brəˌleɪt, ˈfɪb rə [/t]] v. t. lat•ed, lat•ing med to arrest the fibrillation of (heart muscle) by applying electric shock across the chest • Etymology: 1930–35 de•fi bril•la′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

  • defibrillate —   v.t. restore normal rhythm to (the heart) after a heart attack.    ♦ defibrillation,    ♦ defibrillator, n …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • defibrillate — verb stop the fibrillation and restore normal contractions, usually by means of electric shocks The patient s heart had to be defibrillated to save his life • Derivationally related forms: ↑defibrillator, ↑defibrillation • Hypernyms: ↑restore,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • History of CPR — Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an important life saving first aid skill, practised throughout the world. It is the only known effective method of keeping someone who has suffered cardiac arrest alive long enough for definitive treatment to be… …   Wikipedia

  • Defibrillator — A device used to defibrillate the heart. * * * 1. Any agent or measure, e.g., an electric shock, that arrests fibrillation of the ventricular muscle and restores the normal beat. 2. The machine designed to administer a defibrillating electric… …   Medical dictionary

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