defibrillator

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

Examples of defibrillator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People shouted instructions across the room for meds, oxygen and a defibrillator. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "An Anchorage nurse began her career just as the pandemic reached Alaska. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into,” she said.," 26 Dec. 2020 The lawsuit says an automatic external defibrillator (AED) was required to be available at the field. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "Lawsuit: Defibrillator would have saved high school soccer player's life," 20 Nov. 2020 Players in the weight room and throughout the facility watched as a defibrillator was rushed through their locker room. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "‘It’s still taking a toll’: Dallas Cowboys pay tribute to life of strength coach Markus Paul," 4 Dec. 2020 John Fassel was in the locker room last Tuesday morning around 7:30, rounding up players for a meeting, when one of the trainers raced by him with a defibrillator. David Moore, Dallas News, "Despite returning to practice, Cowboys not ready to turn emotional page on Markus Paul’s unexpected death," 2 Dec. 2020 For the past four years, author Jameson Rich has had a small defibrillator implanted in his chest. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "The Digital Security Threat Inside Jameson Rich’s Body," 28 Nov. 2020 The defibrillator, called an ICD, is part of the internet-of-things, sending data to his doctor and updating its software to patch vulnerabilities. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "The Digital Security Threat Inside Jameson Rich’s Body," 28 Nov. 2020 John Fassel was in the locker room, rounding up players for a meeting, when one of the trainers bolted by him with a defibrillator. David Moore, Dallas News, "As Mike McCarthy, Cowboys try to move forward, the tragic loss of Markus Paul still weighs heavily," 27 Nov. 2020 One of our number, who wears a pacemaker and a defibrillator, was awoken at 3 AM of the first day by a terrific pain in his leg. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Why Do We Keep Going to Hunting Camp?," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of defibrillator

1952, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2021

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“Defibrillator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defibrillator. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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defibrillator

noun
How to pronounce defibrillator (audio)

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

defibrillator

noun
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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