advance directive

noun

Definition of advance directive

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

1979

First Known Use of advance directive

1979


Medical Dictionary

advance directive

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noun ad·vance di·rec·tive \əd-ˈvan(t)s-də-ˈrek-tiv, -dī-\

Medical Definition of advance directive

  1. :  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


Law Dictionary

advance directive

noun

Legal Definition of advance directive

  1. :  a document (as a living will or health care power of attorney) in which a person expresses his or her wishes regarding medical treatment in the event of incapacity


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