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A condition in which a medical patient is completely unresponsive to psychological and physical stimuli and displays no sign of higher brain function, being kept alive only by medical intervention.
unconsciousness, insensibility, stupor, oblivion, inertiaView synonyms
- ‘Individuals who have entered a persistent vegetative state due to injury or disease have lost all higher brain functions and are incapable of consciousness.’
- ‘Common syndromes of impaired consciousness include stupor, coma, persistent vegetative state, and brain death.’
- ‘She is brain damaged and remains in what appears to be a persistent vegetative state.’
- ‘What is consciousness and what does it mean for the persistent vegetative state?’
- ‘Is keeping someone who is in a persistent vegetative state artificially alive a benefit to that person or does it only needlessly and inhumanely prolong her dying?’
- ‘For example, a person in a persistent vegetative state has a working brain stem, but the higher levels of the brain may have been destroyed.’
- ‘Some medical experts have declared she is in a persistent vegetative state with no hope of recovery.’
- ‘Can death itself count as a benefit to a person who is comatose or in a persistent vegetative state?’
- ‘He was left in a persistent vegetative state, and kept alive for four years by medical technology.’
- ‘The only reporting I could find about the trial itself was devoted entirely to the question of whether or not she was in a persistent vegetative state.’
- ‘He is in a persistent vegetative state which means he is paralysed and has suffered brain damage.’
- ‘There was no brain death, no persistent vegetative state, no transplantation.’
- ‘A persistent vegetative state, on the other hand, is a condition where lower brain functions are still present, but higher brain functions are gone.’
- ‘This is the most extreme form of brain damage and is called a persistent vegetative state.’
- ‘Seven out of 107 died and 18 were severely disabled or in a persistent vegetative state on discharge from the hospital.’
- ‘One man suffered brain damage and is now in a persistent vegetative state.’
- ‘Thus, she considers patients in a persistent vegetative state to be alive.’
- ‘A persistent vegetative state means the patient only has sleep-wake cycles and cannot interact or respond to others.’
- ‘Patients are said to be in a continuing or persistent vegetative state if there is no recovery after one month.’
- ‘Doctors saved her life, but she suffered brain damage and lapsed into a persistent vegetative state.’
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