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Noun: cardiac arrest  'kaa(r)-dee,ak u'rest
  1. Absence of systole; failure of the ventricles of the heart to contract (usually caused by ventricular fibrillation) with consequent absence of the heart beat leading to oxygen lack and eventually to death
    - asystole, cardiopulmonary arrest

Derived forms: cardiac arrests

Type of: pathology

Encyclopedia: Cardiac arrest