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adj ter·mi·nal \ˈtərm-nəl, -ən-əl\

Medical Definition of TERMINAL

:  of, relating to, or being at an end, extremity, boundary, or terminus <the terminal phalanx of a finger>
a :  leading ultimately to death :  fatal <terminal cancer> b :  approaching or close to death :  being in the final stages of a fatal disease <a terminal patient> c :  of or relating to patients with a terminal illness <terminal care>
:  being at or near the end of a chain of atoms making up a molecule <the terminal carbon>
ter·mi·nal·ly \-ē\ adverb
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