Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Glossary of Terms

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Airway: The path that air follows to get into and out of the lungs. The mouth and nose are...

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Automated external defibrillator: A device that automatically analyzes the heart rhythm an...

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Brain: The portion of the central nervous system that is located within the skull. It func...

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Breathing: The process of respiration, during which air is inhaled into the lungs through ...

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Cardiac: Having to do with the heart.

Cardiopulmonary: Having to do with both the heart and lungs.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation: A life-saving emergency procedure that involves breathing f...

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Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains t...

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Circulation: In medicine, the movement of fluid through the body in a regular or circuitou...

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Circulatory: Having to do with circulation, the movement of fluid in a regular or circuito...

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Compress: Cloth or another material applied under pressure to an area of the skin and held...

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Compression: 1. The act of pressing together. As in a compression fracture, nerve c...

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CPR: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Defibrillation: The use of a carefully controlled electric shock, administered either thro...

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Defibrillator: A device that corrects an abnormal heart rhythm by delivering electrical sh...

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Fibrillation: In cardiology, an abnormal and erratic twitching of the heart muscle.

Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Heart attack: The death of heart muscle due to the loss of blood supply. The loss of bloo...

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Heart disease: Any disorder that affects the heart. Sometimes the term "heart disease" is ...

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Infant: A young baby, from birth to 12 months of age.

Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Life support: 1. A therapy or device designed to preserve someone's life when an es...

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Mouth: 1. The upper opening of the digestive tract, beginning with the lips and con...

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Nose: The external midline projection from the face. The purpose of the nose is to warm, c...

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Oxygen: The odorless gas that is present in the air and necessary to maintain life. Oxygen...

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Pediatric: Pertaining to children.

Pulse: The rhythmic dilation of an artery that results from beating of the heart. Pulse is...

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Respiratory: Having to do with respiration.

Resuscitation: The procedure of restoring to life, as in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CP...

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Shock: In medicine, a critical condition that is brought on by a sudden drop in blood flow...

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Sudden cardiac arrest: A medical emergency with absent or inadequate contraction of the le...

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Ventricular: Pertaining to the ventricles, the lower chambers of the heart, as in ventricu...

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Ventricular fibrillation: An abnormal and irregular heart rhythm in which there are rapid ...

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