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

Examples of defibrillator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2007 he was given an implanted cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). The Economist, "Hugo Campos has waged a decade-long battle for access to his heart implant," 12 Sep. 2019 Even then, a defibrillator was not readily available on the floor where Lillis was housed, and a suction machine had not been stored with the tubing, leaving nurses to scramble to find the parts needed to use it, the lawsuit said. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Arapahoe County pays $2.45 million to family of inmate who died in his cell after repeatedly asking for help," 4 Sep. 2019 Yet a trip to a San Francisco emergency room for shortness of breath in 2008 led Stanich to get a defibrillator implanted in her chest — a medical device to keep her alive by delivering a powerful shock. Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, "Surgery near the end of life is common, costly — and often not what patients want," 28 Feb. 2018 The Sheriff’s Office recently began outfitting its squad cars with automated external defibrillators. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "Sheriff could limit Taser use after deadly San Mateo County arrests," 22 July 2019 But since automated external defibrillators, or AEDs for short, were installed, the survival rate in Hawaii’s airports climbed to about 70 percent., "Two Larrys, two cardiac arrests, two survivors thanks to AEDs," 20 July 2019 As for his health, Fletcher recently had a cardioverter-defibrillator implanted in his heart. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "2 years after a coma, this Phoenix chef is back and making the burgers of his dreams," 3 July 2019 Ten long minutes had elapsed from that first call about the shooting before DJ was finally hooked up to a defibrillator. James Brown, CBS News, "Defending DJ: Was the fatal shooting of a Pace University football player justified?," 22 June 2019 King County also spends about $112,000 a year to help communities buy automated external defibrillators, or AEDs. Lynn Arditi, ProPublica, "One Cardiac Arrest. Four 911 Callers. And a Tragic Outcome.," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of defibrillator

1952, in the meaning defined above

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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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