[ ri-suhs-i-teyt ]
/ rɪˈsʌs ɪˌteɪt /

verb (used with object), re·sus·ci·tat·ed, re·sus·ci·tat·ing.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM resuscitate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for resuscitation

/ (rɪˈsʌsɪˌteɪt) /


(tr) to restore to consciousness; revive

Derived forms of resuscitate

resuscitable, adjectiveresuscitation, nounresuscitative, adjective

Word Origin for resuscitate

C16: from Latin resuscitāre, from re- + suscitāre to raise, from sub- up from below + citāre to rouse, from citus quick
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Medical definitions for resuscitation (1 of 2)

[ rĭ-sŭs′ĭ-tāshən ]


The act of resuscitating or the state of being resuscitated.

Medical definitions for resuscitation (2 of 2)

[ rĭ-sŭsĭ-tāt′ ]


To restore consciousness, vigor, or life to.
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