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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.
It was important to defibrillate him,'' Roberts said.
ZOLL Medical Corporation (Nasdaq GS: ZOLL), a manufacturer of resuscitation devices and related software solutions, announced today that the ambulance service, RAV Gooi en Vechtstreek in Hilversum, The Netherlands, is the first EMS organization to equip its ambulances with a revolutionary new system that allows rescuers to defibrillate a heart without the need to stop chest compressions.
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.
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 Atlas+ HF CRT-D - the most powerful CRT-D available in Japan - is capable of delivering high output and tailored waveforms, giving added security to patients whose hearts may be especially difficult to defibrillate.
For the critical care environment, the ability to transport, defibrillate and view the data at a central station is the best of all worlds," said Lynn Cochran, Director of Cardiovascular In-Patient Services at Edward Hospital and Health Services in Naperville, Ill.
It also includes one electrode set through which clinicians can monitor, pace, defibrillate, and get real-time feedback on chest compressions, also known as Real CPR Help[TM].
The Atlas(R) II ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) and the Atlas(R) II HF CRT-D (cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator) devices are capable of delivering unsurpassed energy, giving added security to patients whose hearts are especially difficult to defibrillate.
In contrast, dual chamber ICDs have two leads that monitor the right atrium and the right ventricle, can defibrillate the ventricle, and pace both the atrium and the ventricle in atrio-ventricular synchrony.
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.