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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.
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With the introduction of the AccessAED, users trained in basic CPR and AED use, can now immediately defibrillate victims of SCA and potentially save many more lives.
If you defibrillate early, you can have high survival rates, and it's the only thing that works,'' explained Alan Levy, president of Seattle-based Heartstream.
Powerful, high-energy device is designed to help patients with life-threatening arrhythmias, including patients whose hearts are especially difficult to defibrillate
The ability to defibrillate within seconds saves lives and minimizes brain damage, reduces patient complications and the diminished quality of life that often occurs when defibrillation is withheld for even a few minutes.