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(dē-fĭb′rə-lāt′, -fī′brə-)
tr.v. defibril·lated, defibril·lating, defibril·lates
To stop the fibrillation of (a heart) and restore normal contractions through the use of drugs or an electric shock.

de·fib′ril·la′tion n.
de·fib′ril·la′tive adj.
de·fib′ril·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.


[difī′brilāt, difib′-]
Etymology: L, de + fibrilla, little thread
to stop fibrillation of the ventricles by delivering an electrical shock through the chest wall. See also defibrillation.

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Ideker and his team, while at Duke, discovered in animal experiments that a biphasic waveform-a lower, safer shock made up of a jolt of electricity followed by a weaker pulse-effectively defibrillates the heart.
Still if you had turned up you would have seen the ghost of Christmas Past, or wee Wendy Alexander, a woman whose political career is so dead you couldn't defibrillate it.
Jack (De Niro) has heart problems; at one point he even defibrillates himself after going into cardiac arrest at home, so is looking to the future.