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Definition of Cardioplegia

Cardioplegia: Paralysis of the heart, as may be done electively in stopping the heart during cardiac surgery. Cardioplegia may be done using chemicals, cold (cryocardioplegia), or electrical stimulation.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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