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asystole


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Asystole  \A*sys"to*le\,  n.  [Pref.  a-  not  +  systole.]  (Physiol.) 
  A  weakening  or  cessation  of  the  contractile  power  of  the 
  heart. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  asystole 
  n  :  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  [syn:  {cardiac  arrest}, 
  {cardiopulmonary  arrest}] 




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