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verb (used with object), re·sus·ci·tat·ed, re·sus·ci·tat·ing.
  1. to revive, especially from apparent death or from unconsciousness.
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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 formsre·sus·ci·ta·ble [ri-suhs-i-tuh-buh l] /rɪˈsʌs ɪ tə bəl/, adjectivere·sus·ci·ta·tion, nounre·sus·ci·ta·tive, adjectivenon·re·sus·ci·ta·ble, adjectivenon·re·sus·ci·ta·tion, nounnon·re·sus·ci·ta·tive, adjectiveun·re·sus·ci·ta·ble, adjectiveun·re·sus·ci·tat·ed, adjectiveun·re·sus·ci·tat·ing, adjectiveun·re·sus·ci·ta·tive, adjective
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  • Diving, rescue and resuscitation of the drowning.Prerequisite: Hygiene 2.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

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

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet

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

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • 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.


    Augusta Jane Evans Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for resuscitation


  1. (tr) to restore to consciousness; revive
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Derived Formsresuscitable, adjectiveresuscitation, nounresuscitative, 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).

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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


  1. The act of resuscitating or the state of being resuscitated.
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  1. To restore consciousness, vigor, or life to.
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