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

  • transitive v. To undergo or cause to undergo fibrillation.

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  • v. To make irregular, rapid movements.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form into fibrils or fibers.
  • Same as fibrillated.
  • To form fibrils, as coagulating blood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make fine, irregular, rapid twitching movements


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

New Latin fibrilla, fibril; see fibril + -ate1.


  • I want to be a cool mom like Sarah Connor, who can both make a mean pb&j AND fibrillate her own boob.

    Why I’ve totally fallen in love with ‘Kings’

  • As soon as we were out of sight, he began kissing me, stinging kisses that made my heart fibrillate.

    Bleeding Violet

  • Indeed, increasingly in the United States, death has become the province of technicians, those who fibrillate and ventilate, trache and tube, plug and unplug.

    The Art Of Dying Well

  • When the heart begins to fibrillate, the ICD emits a jolt of electricity to disrupt the abnormal rhythm and restore the normal heart rate.

    The Telltale Heart (Test)

  • CHARLES WILMER, CARDIOLOGIST: He was so unstable that he would literally be shocked, go back into regular rhythm long enough to start to wake up, and then he would fibrillate lose consciousness.

    CNN Transcript Mar 3, 2005

  • She had a convulsion, her respiration grew slow and shallow, her heart began to fibrillate, and she passed inexorably into coma.

    The First Man in Rome

  • It was while * Wait was in this position that his heart began to fibrillate -- which is to say that its fibers began to twitch in an uncoordinated manner, so that the march of the blood in his circulatory system was no longer orderly.


  • So to see this guy climbing on to high-voltage power lines from a helicopter and not fibrillate his own heart is a wonder to behold, indeed:

    Dr. Wes

  • The atria continue to fibrillate, though, and anticoagulant medication is still required.

    Find Me A Cure

  • At a hundred milliamps of AC current, your heart will fibrillate and you’ll die.

    The Burning Wire


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