One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Death as judged by the medical observation of cessation of vital functions. It is typically identified with the cessation of heartbeat and respiration, though modern resuscitation methods and life-support systems have required the introduction of the alternative concept of brain death.
- ‘A near death experience involves people who suffer a short period of clinical death, when heart or brain functioning stops.’
- ‘‘Right now, we can easily bring animals back from two hours of absolute clinical death,’ says Hal Sternberg, BioTime's VP of research.’
- ‘He was called to tend to a patient after he had a haemorrhage, which led to the patient's clinical death.’
- ‘Studies of near death or clinical death experiences have given anthropologists a clue to the stages of a journey.’
- ‘The accident site was the last place where their loved one was conscious, and thus really ‘alive,’ regardless of the place of clinical death.’
- ‘We may suppose that the brain revives after clinical death and goes through the basic stages that it had experienced while dying.’
- ‘They play ambitious med students who use their new-found talents to induce clinical death, only to revive themselves minutes later - effectively cheating death.’
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