The students are taking a CPR class to learn how to resuscitate someone who has stopped breathing.
An example of resuscitate is to start up a non-beating heart.
transitive verb-·tat·ed, -·tat·ing
Origin of resuscitatefrom Classical Latin resuscitatus, past participle of resuscitare, to revive from re-, again + suscitare, to raise up, revive from sus-, for sub-, sub- + citare, to arouse: see cite
transitive verbre·sus·ci·tat·ed, re·sus·ci·tat·ing, re·sus·ci·tates
- To restore consciousness or other signs of life to (one who appears dead): resuscitated the man after cardiac arrest.
- To restore to use, activity, vigor, or notice; reinvigorate: a meeting that resuscitated his career
Origin of resuscitateLatin resuscitāre resuscitāt- re- re- suscitāre to stir up ( sus-, sub- sub- ) ( citāre to move violently ) ( frequentative of ciēre to set in motion ; see keiə- in Indo-European roots.)
(third-person singular simple present resuscitates, present participle resuscitating, simple past and past participle resuscitated)
- (obsolete) Restored to life.
From Latin resuscitatus, past participle of resuscitare (“to raise up again, revive"), from re- (“again") + suscitare (“to raise up"), from sub- (“up, under") + citare (“to summon, rouse").