defibrillator

defibrillator
An electronic device used internally or externally that delivers a controlled electric shock to a patient to correct ventricular fibrillation, a lack of coordination of the contraction of muscle tissue of the large chambers of the heart.

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  • defibrillator — 1956, agent noun from DEFIBRILLATION (Cf. defibrillation) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Defibrillator — Ein im Rettungsdienst verwendeter Defibrillator mit EKG Funktion …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • defibrillator — n. the apparatus used for defibrillation, which may be internal (see implantable cardiovertor defibrillator) or external. External defibrillators may be fully automated (see automated external defibrillator), semiautomated, or manual and usually… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • defibrillator — UK [diːˈfɪbrɪˌleɪtə(r)] / US [dɪˈfɪbrɪˌleɪtər] noun [countable] Word forms defibrillator : singular defibrillator plural defibrillators medical a piece of equipment for giving the heart an electric shock to make it start to beat normally again …   English dictionary

  • Defibrillator — A device used to defibrillate the heart. * * * 1. Any agent or measure, e.g., an electric shock, that arrests fibrillation of the ventricular muscle and restores the normal beat. 2. The machine designed to administer a defibrillating electric… …   Medical dictionary

  • defibrillator — [[t]diːfɪ̱brɪleɪtə(r)[/t]] defibrillators N COUNT A defibrillator is a machine that starts the heart beating normally again after a heart attack, by giving it an electric shock. [MEDICAL] …   English dictionary

  • Defibrillator: Ein Gerät der Notfallmedizin —   Viel älter als die Ultraschallanwendung ist der Einsatz von elektrischem Strom zur Beeinflussung von Gewebefunktionen. Am bekanntesten sind elektrische Hochspannungsgeräte, Defibrillatoren genannt. Sie werden zur Wiederbelebung nach einem… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Defibrillator, implantable cardiac — A device put within the body that is designed to recognize certain types of abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and correct them. Defibrillators continuously monitor the heart rhythm in order to detect rapid arrhythmias such as Ventricular… …   Medical dictionary

  • defibrillator — noun Date: 1952 an electronic device that applies an electric shock to restore the rhythm of a fibrillating heart • defibrillate transitive verb • defibrillation noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • defibrillator — /dee fuy breuh lay teuhr, fib reuh /, n. Med. an agent or device for arresting fibrillation of the atrial or ventricular muscles of the heart. [1955 60; DE + FIBRILL(ATION) + ATOR] * * * …   Universalium

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