de·​fi·​bril·​la·​tor | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈfi-brə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce defibrillator (audio) \

Definition of defibrillator

: an electronic device that applies an electric shock to restore the rhythm of a fibrillating heart

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Other Words from defibrillator

defibrillate \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈfi-​brə-​ˌlāt How to pronounce defibrillate (audio) \ transitive verb
defibrillation \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌfi-​brə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce defibrillation (audio) \ noun

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At the medical center, a doctor managed to revive Tina, John Hammell said, at one point using a defibrillator. Ashley Fantz, CNN, "After deaths, more tourists to Dominican Republic say they were stricken with illness," 24 June 2019 Some of them now house cellphone repair shops, miniature cafes, and even defibrillators to treat heart attacks. Globe Staff,, "In London, Yankees-Red Sox rivalry not quite so heated," 23 June 2019 Volunteer medics roused by the call left the station and provided assistance, using a defibrillator and performing CPR, said Elise Armacost, public affairs director for the county fire and emergency medical services department. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, "Democratic candidate for Maryland governor dies of cardiac arrest at 60," 10 May 2018 When the flight landed, paramedics arrived but were unable to find an electrical current in Natasha’s heart to deliver a shock from the defibrillator. Fox News, "Teen with severe allergy died after eating baguette with hidden sesame seeds, family claims," 24 Sep. 2018 Such things as ambulances, emergency defibrillators and walkie-talkies are all relatively new creations. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Emergency medical response is relatively new, but it has its own museum," 10 June 2018 There was also damage to vending machines, display cases, and an emergency defibrillator, according to officials. Danny Mcdonald,, "In Arlington, 14 students accused of vandalism that includes swastika, anti-gay slurs at high school," 9 May 2018 Another update expected to be approved soon is the purchase of two new AED (automatic external defibrillator) units. John Benson,, "Seven Hills planning updates for 15-year-old Recreation Center," 15 May 2018 Maryland has taken an active role in training and providing kits alongside those portable defibrillators in schools and office and government buildings, said Dr. Richard Alcorta, the state EMS medical director. Meredith Cohn,, "Training can help people stop bleeding from traumatic injuries, experts say," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of defibrillator

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of defibrillator was in 1952

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English Language Learners Definition of defibrillator

medical : a device that gives an electric shock to a person's heart in order to make it beat normally again especially after a heart attack


de·​fi·​bril·​la·​tor | \ (ˈ)dē-ˈfib-rə-ˌlāt-ər How to pronounce defibrillator (audio) , -ˈfīb- How to pronounce defibrillator (audio) \

Medical Definition of defibrillator

: an electronic device used to defibrillate a heart by applying an electric shock to it

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