advance directive


advance directive

noun

Definition of ADVANCE DIRECTIVE

:  a legal document (as a living will) signed by a competent person to provide guidance for medical and health-care decisions (as the termination of life support or organ donation) in the event the person becomes incompetent to make such decisions

First Known Use of ADVANCE DIRECTIVE

1984

ad·vance di·rec·tive

noun \əd-ˈvan(t)s-də-ˈrek-tiv, -dī-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ADVANCE DIRECTIVE

: a legal document (as a living will) signed by a living competent person in order to provide guidance for medical and health-care decisions (as the termination of life support and organ donation) in the event that the person becomes incompetent to make such decisions

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