Definition of persistent vegetative state in English:

persistent vegetative state

noun

  • 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.

    • ‘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.’
    unconsciousness, insensibility, stupor, oblivion, inertia
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Pronunciation:

persistent vegetative state

/pərˈsɪst(ə)nt ˈvɛdʒəˌteɪdɪv steɪt/