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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 of defibrillate
1930-1935
1930-35; de- + fibrillate, back formation from fibrillation
Related forms
defibrillation, noun
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