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ventricular fibrillation

noun
1.
Pathology. a cardiac arrhythmia characterized by rapid, chaotic electrical impulses to the ventricles, incomplete ventricular contractions, and resultant loss of pulse and blood pressure.
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  • Recently G. Canby Robinson has seen and made electrocardiograms of a case of ventricular fibrillation.

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  • The patient had three convulsions and died with edema of lungs about 30 hours after the attack of ventricular fibrillation.

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ventricular fibrillation in Medicine

ventricular fibrillation n.
An often fatal form of arrhythmia characterized by rapid, irregular fibrillar twitching of the ventricles of the heart in place of normal contractions, resulting in a loss of pulse.

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