emergency procedure for reviving heart and lung function, involving special physical techniques and often the use of electrical and mechanical equipment.
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 respiration CPR
cardiopulmonary resuscitation n.
Abbr. CPR Restoration of cardiac output and pulmonary ventilation by artificial respiration and closed-chest massage after cardiac arrest and apnea.
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) [(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.
- Cardiopulmonary murmur
cardiopulmonary murmur cardiopulmonary murmur n. A murmur, synchronous with the heart’s beat but disappearing when the breath is held, due to movement of the air in a segment of lung compressed by the contracting heart.
cardiopyloric cardiopyloric car·di·o·py·lo·ric (kär’dē-ō-pī-lôr’ĭk, -pĭ-) adj. Of, relating to, or involving the cardiac and the pyloric portions of the stomach.
cardiorenal cardiorenal car·di·o·re·nal (kär’dē-ō-rē’nəl) adj. Of, relating to, or involving the heart and the kidney.
cardiorrhaphy cardiorrhaphy car·di·or·rha·phy (kär’dē-ôr’ə-fē) n. The suturing of the heart wall.