Meaning of asystole in English:


Pronunciation /eɪˈsɪstəli/


mass nounMedicine
  • A condition in which the heart ceases to beat.

    ‘She developed asystole, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed for 20 minutes.’
    • ‘This was no easy arrest to manage, as the heart rhythm alternated between ventricular fibrillation and asystole.’
    • ‘A proportion of patients are unsuitable for defibrillation because their initial arrhythmia is asystole or pulseless electrical activity.’
    • ‘Some patients have asystole from the onset of arrest and are unsuitable for defibrillation by the ambulance crew or bystanders.’
    • ‘They administered defibrillatory shocks, and after a period of asystole, the patient's heart returned to sinus rhythm.’
    • ‘The patient developed cardiac arrest and asystole.’


Late 19th century from a- + systole after French asystolie.