also c.p.r., by 1979, abbreviation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
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Definitions of cpr from WordNet
an emergency procedure consisting of external cardiac massage and artificial respiration; the first treatment for a person who has collapsed and has no pulse and has stopped breathing; attempts to restore circulation of the blood and prevent death or brain damage due to lack of oxygen;
Synonyms: cardiopulmonary resuscitation / cardiac resuscitation / mouth-to-mouth resuscitation / kiss of life