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

  • n. One that resuscitates, as an apparatus that forces oxygen or a mixture of oxygen and carbon dioxide into the lungs of a person who has undergone partial asphyxiation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person or thing that resuscitates.
  • n. A device, usually consisting of a face mask and tank, used to restore normal breathing to a person by forcing oxygen or an oxygen-rich mixture of gases into his or her lungs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, resuscitates.
  • n. A device which is used to force oxygen or a mixture of oxygen and other gases into the lungs of patients who are suffering from asphyxiation, to revive the patient and induce resumption of respiration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who resuscitates.

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

  • n. a breathing apparatus used for resuscitation by forcing oxygen into the lungs of a person who has undergone asphyxia or arrest of respiration


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