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cardiopulmonary resuscitation

emergency procedure for reviving heart and lung function, involving special physical techniques and often the use of electrical and mechanical equipment.
Abbreviation: CPR.
Origin of cardiopulmonary resuscitation
1970-75 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cardiopulmonary-resuscitation

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

an emergency measure to revive a patient whose heart has stopped beating, in which compressions applied with the hands to the patient's chest are alternated with mouth-to-mouth respiration CPR
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cardiopulmonary-resuscitation in Medicine

cardiopulmonary resuscitation n.

Abbr. CPR Restoration of cardiac output and pulmonary ventilation by artificial respiration and closed-chest massage after cardiac arrest and apnea.

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cardiopulmonary-resuscitation in Science
cardiopulmonary resuscitation  
See CPR.
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cardiopulmonary-resuscitation in Culture
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) [(kahr-dee-oh- pool-muh-nair-ee ri-sus-i-tay-shuhn)]

An emergency lifesaving procedure used to revive someone who has stopped breathing or whose heart has ceased functioning. CPR uses heart massage and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to get the heart or lungs working again. More recently, electric stimulation to the heart (using devices called defibrillators) has greatly increased the efficacy of this technique.

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