brain death

noun
|Updated on: 19 Jul 2018

Definition of brain death

: final cessation of activity in the central nervous system especially as indicated by a flat electroencephalogram for a predetermined length of time

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First Known Use of brain death

1921

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BRAIN DEATH Defined for English Language Learners

brain death

Definition of brain death for English Language Learners

  • medical : the condition of having no brain function : the end of activity in the brain


Medical Dictionary

brain death

noun

medical Definition of brain death

: final cessation of activity in the central nervous system especially as indicated by a flat electroencephalogram for a predetermined length of time

brain-dead

adjective

Law Dictionary

brain death

noun \ ˈbrān-ˌdeth \

legal Definition of brain death

: the final stopping of activity in the central nervous system especially as indicated by a flat electroencephalogram for a usually statutorily predetermined period of time

brain-dead

play \ˈbrān-ˌded\ adjective


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