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[ri-suhs-i-teyt] /rɪˈsʌs ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), resuscitated, resuscitating.
to revive, especially from apparent death or from unconsciousness.
Origin of resuscitate
1525-35; < Latin resuscitātus (past participle of resuscitāre to reawaken), equivalent to re- re- + sus- sus- + cit(āre) to move, arouse (see cite1) + -ātus ate1
Related forms
[ri-suhs-i-tuh-buh l] /rɪˈsʌs ɪ tə bəl/ (Show IPA),
resuscitation, noun
resuscitative, adjective
nonresuscitable, adjective
nonresuscitation, noun
nonresuscitative, adjective
unresuscitable, adjective
unresuscitated, adjective
unresuscitating, adjective
unresuscitative, adjective Unabridged
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  • Diving, rescue and resuscitation of the drowning.Prerequisite: Hygiene 2.

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  • He knew all the latest, most wonderful methods of resuscitation.

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  • Be able to demonstrate the Sylvester and Schaefer methods of resuscitation.

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  • It was the first time that he had been out to supper since his resuscitation.

  • We tried every means of resuscitation, but they were entirely ineffectual.


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  • "There was a resuscitation of the family portraits, too, dear," she remarked.

  • The body was brought in, and every attempt at resuscitation was useless.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • During the attempts at resuscitation a sailor boy offered his assistance.

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British Dictionary definitions for resuscitation


(transitive) to restore to consciousness; revive
Derived Forms
resuscitable, adjective
resuscitation, noun
resuscitative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin resuscitāre, from re- + suscitāre to raise, from sub- up from below + citāre to rouse, from citus quick
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Word Origin and History for resuscitation

early 15c., from Old French resuscitation or directly from Late Latin resuscitationem (nominative resuscitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of resuscitare (see resuscitate).



early 15c., "revive, restore," from Latin resuscitatus, past participle of resuscitare "rouse again, revive," from re- "again" (see re-) + suscitare "to raise, revive," from sub "(up from) under" (see sub-) + citare "to summon" (see cite). Intransitive use from 1650s. Related: Resuscitated; resuscitating. Earlier was resuscen "restore (someone) to life, resurrect" (c.1400).

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resuscitation in Medicine

resuscitation re·sus·ci·ta·tion (rĭ-sŭs'ĭ-tā'shən)
The act of resuscitating or the state of being resuscitated.

resuscitate re·sus·ci·tate (rĭ-sŭs'ĭ-tāt')
v. re·sus·ci·tat·ed, re·sus·ci·tat·ing, re·sus·ci·tates
To restore consciousness, vigor, or life to.

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