co·​ma·​tose | \ ˈkō-mə-ˌtōs How to pronounce comatose (audio) , ˈkä- How to pronounce comatose (audio) \

Definition of comatose

1 : of, resembling, or affected with coma The patient lay comatose, sustained by respirators.
2 : characterized by lethargic inertness : torpid a comatose economy Broadway was theatrically comatose that summer.

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Examples of comatose in a Sentence

She lay in a comatose state. the city's downtown has been comatose for years

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In 1985, Karen Ann Quinlan, the comatose patient whose case prompted a historic right-to-die court decision, died in Morris Plains, N.J., at age 31., "This day in history," 10 June 2018 Just a few hours after throwing a wrench into the, well, line of succession, Logan keels over in a helicopter and lies comatose in a hospital, provoking his children and board of directors into action to find an interim CEO. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: HBO can't succeed with corporate media-family drama 'Succession'," 31 May 2018 Last year, a comatose Otto Warmbier, released by North Korea after more than 17 months in captivity, arrived in Cincinnati aboard a medevac flight; the 22-year-old college student, who had suffered severe brain damage, died six days later., "This day in history," 13 June 2018 They were discovered in a comatose state Sunday afternoon on a bench near a shopping center. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "British military called in to help police investigate poisoning of ex-Russian spy," 9 Mar. 2018 Wilson, comatose, was helicoptered to a nearby hospital. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Indy 500 drivers don't like to talk about organ donation, but it's becoming their cause," 24 May 2018 Good, because an entire episode of waking comatose sorrow was nearly unbearable to watch. Rena Gross, Billboard, "14 Crushing (And Occasionally Uplifting) Moments From 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 5," 16 May 2018 The Celtics out-hustled and out-rebounded the nearly comatose Cavs. 3. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Cavaliers Scribbles: Morning after embarrassment -- Terry Pluto," 14 May 2018 It was determined David was comatose and he was placed on life support. Chris Harris,, "Man Who Survived Toddler Abuse 20 Years Ago Dies — Leading to Murder Charges Against Mom and Her Ex," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of comatose

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for comatose

French comateux, from Greek kōmat-, kōma — see coma entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of comatose

: in a coma


co·​ma·​tose | \ ˈkō-mə-ˌtōs How to pronounce comatose (audio) , ˈkäm-ə- How to pronounce comatose (audio) \

Medical Definition of comatose

: of, resembling, or affected with coma a comatose patient a comatose condition

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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