1. To stop, check, or restrain.

2. A stoppage; interference with, or checking of, the regular course of a disease, a symptom, or the performance of a function.

3. Inhibition of a developmental process, usually at the ultimate stage of development; premature arrest may lead to a congenital abnormality.


[O. Fr. arester, fr. LL. adresto, to stop behind]

cardiac arrest

cardioplegic arrest

cardiopulmonary arrest

circulatory arrest

deep hypothermic arrest

epiphysial arrest

heart arrest

maturation arrest

sinus arrest