[fahy-bruh-leyt, fib-ruh-]

verb (used with object), fi·bril·lat·ed, fi·bril·lat·ing.

to cause to undergo fibrillation.

verb (used without object), fi·bril·lat·ed, fi·bril·lat·ing.

to undergo fibrillation.

Origin of fibrillate

First recorded in 1830–40; fibrill(a) + -ate1
Related formsfi·bril·la·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for fibrillate

c.1840, from fibrilla (see fibril) + -ate (2). Related: Fibrillated; fibrillating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for fibrillate


[fĭbrə-lāt′, fībrə-]


To undergo or to cause to undergo fibrillation.
To make or to become fibrillar.


Being fibrillated.
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