[kahr-dee-oh-plee-jee-uh, -juh]
the temporary arresting of the heartbeat during cardiac surgery by any of various methods, especially by injection of chemical substances.

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cardioplegia (ˌkɑːdɪəʊˈpliːdʒɪə)
med deliberate arrest of the action of the heart, as by hypothermia or the injection of chemicals, to enable complex heart surgery to be carried out

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cardioplegia car·di·o·ple·gi·a (kär'dē-ō-plē'jē-ə, -jə)

  1. Paralysis of the heart, or cardiac arrest, as from direct blow or trauma.

  2. Elective, temporary stopping of cardiac activity, usually by using drugs.

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