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intensive care

noun

Simple Definition of intensive care

  • : a section of a hospital where special medical equipment and services are provided for patients who are seriously injured or ill; also : the medical care provided in such a section

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of intensive care

  1. 1 :  continuous monitoring and treatment of seriously ill patients using special medical equipment and services

  2. 2 :  a unit in a hospital providing intensive care <heart patients in intensive care>

Examples of intensive care in a sentence

  1. Her condition will require intensive care.



1963

First Known Use of intensive care

1963


INTENSIVE CARE Defined for Kids

intensive care

noun

Definition of intensive care for Students

  1. :  constant observation and treatment of very ill patients in a special unit of a hospital




Medical Dictionary

intensive care

adjective

Medical Definition of intensive care

  1. :  having special medical facilities, services, and monitoring devices to meet the needs of gravely ill patients <an intensive care unit>—compare acute care, chronic care

intensive care noun <She required intensive care and survived without sequelae.—The Journal of the American Medical Association, 4 July 1986> <He spent several days in intensive care before recovering from the overdose.—Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2005>



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