Definition of "cardiopulmonary resuscitation" [cardiopulmonary resuscitation]
An emergency procedure, often employed after cardiac arrest, in which cardiac massage, artificial respiration, and drugs are used to maintain the circulation of oxygenated blood to the brain.(noun)
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