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defibrillate

[dee-fahy-bruh-leyt, -fib-ruh-] /diˈfaɪ brəˌleɪt, -ˈfɪb rə-/
verb (used with object), defibrillated, defibrillating. Medicine/Medical
1.
to arrest the fibrillation of (heart muscle) by applying electric shock across the chest, thus depolarizing the heart cells and allowing normal rhythm to return.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; de- + fibrillate, back formation from fibrillation
Related forms
defibrillation, noun
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