noun, plural: cardioplegias

(1) Paralysis of the heart.

(2) The intentional, temporary stopping of heartbeat or myocardial contraction, usually by using drugs.


Cardioplegia is primarily used in cardiac surgery, especially one involving the cardiopulmonary bypass.

Word origin: cardio-the heart and plegia- paralysis
Related forms: cardioplegic (adjective)

See also: stone heart

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