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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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Examples from the web for defibrillate
  • The tiny little snippets are enough to defibrillate a weak heart.
  • After seven attempts to defibrillate, or electrically shock the heart into beating normally, a rhythm was restored.
  • When an attempt was made to defibrillate, however, the defibrillator did not respond.
  • All in-service transporting ambulances must have the ability to defibrillate patients of all age groups.
  • It is not safe to defibrillate in a moving ambulance.
  • These pads are non-conductive and cannot be used to defibrillate.

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