Definition of brain-dead in US English:



  • 1Having suffered brain death.

    ‘brain-dead patients’
    • ‘The people of Taiwan have every right to be outraged by the case of the four-year-old abuse victim recently declared brain-dead at a Taichung hospital.’
    • ‘Heart specialists across the world now agree that transplants (from brain-dead patients) are hardly an option.’
    • ‘The 380 cases may include turning off life support for brain-dead patients, with the consent of relatives, but the 88 cases are more of a concern.’
    • ‘I once had a conversation with a fairly well-known bioethicist about his experience turning off the ventilator on his brain-dead father.’
    • ‘Thirty-two hours later she was clinically brain-dead, the result of a cerebral haemorrhage.’
    • ‘A device to make the organs of brain-dead donors more suitable for transplant will be evaluated in a government-funded study.’
    • ‘A brain-dead pregnant woman on life support has reached the milestone in her pregnancy where doctors believe the baby could realistically survive outside the womb, giving her family renewed hope about the devastating ordeal.’
    • ‘Before that, the fetal neural structure is about as sophisticated as that of a sea slug and its EEG as flat and unorganized as that of someone brain-dead.’
    • ‘Sort has requested neurologists/neuro surgeons and anaesthesiologists to motivate close relatives of brain-dead patients to donate kidneys and other organs.’
    • ‘The first two are general to older patients: where the child was brain-dead, where he or she was in a permanent vegetative state.’
    • ‘Some thought brain-dead patients were dead because they would never wake up again.’
    • ‘The bronchoscopy is normal in only 33% of all brain-dead donors.’
    • ‘A brain-dead Virginia woman on life support has given birth now to a baby girl.’
    • ‘He said he would prepare legislation to sharply restrict the withdrawal of feeding tubes and other life support from brain-dead patients.’
    • ‘A 26-year-old brain-dead mother has died in a Virginia hospital after her life support was disconnected.’
    • ‘A pediatric neurologist, he has studied nearly two hundred brain-dead patients who, with life-support, continued their organic synthesizing unity for significant periods of time.’
    • ‘Well, these computer images illustrate the placement of the tissue and the muscle that were taken from a brain-dead donor after her family consented.’
    • ‘Furthermore, Tri suggested brain-dead patients donate their hearts, livers, eyes and other organs to those in need.’
    • ‘He wound up in the same ward as Christian, in Cork University Hospital, brain-dead.’
    • ‘In fact, after his stroke, his life was nearly terminated by his physicians, who believed he was brain-dead.’
    1. 1.1informal Extremely stupid.
      ‘the brain-dead politics of the past’
      • ‘There is a really brain-dead article about the current bankruptcy bill on Real Clear Politics by some woman who obviously knows nothing about either economics or business.’
      • ‘So, what, if I truly respected you I'd think you're just as brain-dead as I am?’
      • ‘It has enough appealing snippets to fill a 30-second TV promo, but, beyond that, it is brain-dead and character-less - a cynical attempt to lure children into theaters.’
      • ‘This brain-dead effort was also designed and directed by Zeffirelli, who seems totally unconcerned with the opera's ambiguities, ideas that have intrigued and perplexed audiences for more than two centuries.’
      • ‘The third thing that we are going to endorse and focus on is smart, active policies, not the flat Earth, brain-dead approach of the National and ACT parties, which think that the market will deliver this country into the future.’
      • ‘How can you tell if a political party is brain-dead?’
      • ‘The AI is basically pathetic; although you have a great deal of control of your teammates through the relatively simple team-control commands, these guys are often as brain-dead as hockey pucks.’
      • ‘The brain-dead backup applet that comes with Windows NT is a classic example.’
      • ‘A surprisingly ambivalent entry in a genre that's usually brain-dead, Reggie Rock Bythewood's Biker Boyz mines intelligence by recognizing the contradictions inherent in its milieu.’
      • ‘What do you take us for, a bunch of brain-dead, no-sense-of-possession Weeds?’
      • ‘Of course, I realize that nurses don't control nursing - anyone who believes that entirely is brain-dead.’
      • ‘Most notably is the opening track ‘Cool Cool Breeze’ that would send everyone but the most brain-dead of Murphy fans running for their CD machines and heaving this out their apartment window.’
      • ‘Week after week we see gangs of brain-dead boneheads invade this part of town hellbent on violence and fuelled by alcohol.’
      • ‘Everyone tells their name, favorite color, band, food, etc. then everyone claps and everyone's happy and then everyone jumps off the cliff like the brain-dead little lemmings they are.’
      • ‘There really is no hope for these brain-dead dolts.’
      • ‘This is a bit above your average brain-dead guitarist.’
      • ‘Oh, so you found new brain-dead idiots to follow you and they somehow just made your ego so big that it can't fit through our front door?’
      • ‘I forget all my mid-90s micro-genre names, but there must be one for nine brain-dead minutes of window-rattling 180 bpm drum loops.’
      • ‘That was my favourite story to tell at sleepovers- and it, without a doubt, scared the- well, you know- out of my friends and cousins- and even Charlene, my brain-dead sister.’
      • ‘Adults will not suffer the boredom often caused by the brain-dead blandness of too many ‘family films,’ but they won't be challenged or energized, either.’
      stupid, idiotic, brainless, imbecilic, imbecile, asinine, witless, foolish, empty-headed, vacuous, unintelligent, half-witted, dull, slow-witted, obtuse, weak-minded, feather-brained, doltish, blockish
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