cardiopulmonary resuscitation

  1. emergency procedure for reviving heart and lung function, involving special physical techniques and often the use of electrical and mechanical equipment. Abbreviation: CPR

Origin of cardiopulmonary resuscitation

First recorded in 1970–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for cardiopulmonary resuscitation

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

  1. an emergency measure to revive a patient whose heart has stopped beating, in which compressions applied with the hands to the patient's chest are alternated with mouth-to-mouth respirationAbbreviation: CPR
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cardiopulmonary resuscitation in Medicine

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

  1. Restoration of cardiac output and pulmonary ventilation by artificial respiration and closed-chest massage after cardiac arrest and apnea.
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cardiopulmonary resuscitation in Science

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

  1. See CPR.
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cardiopulmonary resuscitation in Culture

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

[(kahr-dee-oh- pool-muh-nair-ee ri-sus-i-tay-shuhn)]

An emergency lifesaving procedure used to revive someone who has stopped breathing or whose heart has ceased functioning. CPR uses heart massage and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to get the heart or lungs working again. More recently, electric stimulation to the heart (using devices called defibrillators) has greatly increased the efficacy of this technique.

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