from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An electrical device used to counteract fibrillation of the heart muscle and restore normal heartbeat by applying a brief electric shock.

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  • n. An electronic device used internally or externally that delivers a controlled electric shock to a patient to correct ventricular fibrillation, a lack of coordination of the contraction of muscle tissue of the large chambers of the heart.

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  • n. an electronic device that administers an electric shock of preset voltage to the heart through the chest wall in an attempt to restore the normal rhythm of the heart during ventricular fibrillation


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  • If an automated external defibrillator is available, people assisting a cardiac-arrest patient should attach the device to the victim and follow its instructions.

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  • In 2008, the heart group said untrained bystanders or those unwilling to do rescue breaths could do hands-only CPR until paramedics arrive or a defibrillator is used to restore a normal heart beat.

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  • Dr. Wilkoff also said CRT devices are typically implanted with an additional feature called a defibrillator that delivers a shock to prevent a different electrical disturbance, such as a runaway heartbeat called ventricular fibrillation.

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  • In many cases, a medical device called a defibrillator can restart a stopped heart by delivering an electrical shock, but only if it is used quickly.

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  • As you know, the vice president has an implantable cardiac defibrillator, which is designed to combat ventricular fibrillation or ventricular -- any kind of ventricular arrhythmia.

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  • During an exam in June, doctors determined that the battery in the defibrillator was a bit low and they decided to replace the whole device instead of just giving him a new battery.

    CNN Transcript Jul 28, 2007

  • And when they could, they then implanted a defibrillator, that is a sort of a pacemaker-plus, as the vice president calls it.

    CNN Transcript Jun 30, 2001

  • A defibrillator, which is a device used to shock the heart, was used on Gabbard before he was rushed to the hospital. rss feed

  • Teligen is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, which is designed to shock the heart to restore a regular heartbeat.

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  • A defibrillator is a device used to administer a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart and allows it to return to its natural rhythm.

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