[kahr-dee-oh-plee-jee-uh, -juh]


the temporary arresting of the heartbeat during cardiac surgery by any of various methods, especially by injection of chemical substances.

Nearby words

  1. cardiopathia nigra,
  2. cardiopathy,
  3. cardiopericardiopexy,
  4. cardiophobia,
  5. cardioplasty,
  6. cardioptosia,
  7. cardiopulmonary,
  8. cardiopulmonary bypass,
  9. cardiopulmonary murmur,
  10. cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Origin of cardioplegia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cardioplegia



med deliberate arrest of the action of the heart, as by hypothermia or the injection of chemicals, to enable complex heart surgery to be carried out
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Medicine definitions for cardioplegia




Paralysis of the heart, or cardiac arrest, as from direct blow or trauma.
Elective, temporary stopping of cardiac activity, usually by using drugs.

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