: characterized by brain death
: lacking intelligence or vitality
brain-dead fools

Examples of brain-dead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Daniel was brain-dead and transported to a hospital, where his family ultimately decided to take him off life support. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 15 Nov. 2023 Elijah McClain's family to receive $15 million from the city of Aurora in son's death McClain was declared brain-dead days later and died on Aug. 30, 2019. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 6 Nov. 2023 Iran says teenage girl ‘brain-dead’ weeks after alleged morality police encounter Armita Geravandvia X A teenage girl who fell into a coma after an incident on Iranian public transport is brain-dead, state media in Iran reported. Elizabeth Both, NBC News, 23 Oct. 2023 McClain was declared brain-dead days later and died on Aug. 30, 2019. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 18 Oct. 2023 These are usually victims of accidents or brain injuries who have been declared brain-dead but whose other organs will keep working as long as the body is kept on life support. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 17 Oct. 2023 Two other brain-dead human patients received pig kidneys that remained functional during a 54-hour experiment. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Oct. 2023 These studies lasted days or weeks because of ethical concerns over how long experiments can be run on brain-dead people. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 11 Oct. 2023 Three days later, he was declared brain-dead and taken off life support. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 23 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of brain-dead was in 1972

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“Brain-dead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brain-dead. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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