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.

Examples of comatose in a Sentence

She lay in a comatose state. the city's downtown has been comatose for years
Recent Examples on the Web An elite runner is used to handling pain, and being semi-comatose all day seemed much worse. Roger Robinson, Outside Online, 29 May 2020 The upshot was supposed to be thousands of mini-stimuli injected into a near-comatose consumer economy, raising prices and encouraging businesses to reopen. James C. Cobb, Time, 27 Apr. 2020 The proximate cause of these firms’ miseries is familiar to anyone who’s not been comatose for the past two months: the coronavirus pandemic and its concomitant impact on the economy. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, 27 Apr. 2020 One day—hopefully soon—the city that never sleeps will turn to the task of waking up its comatose economy. Kate King, WSJ, 6 Apr. 2020 In the second season, Bonnie got a real story line — which required her to sit by her comatose mother in a hospital room few of the other characters ever visited. Alex Pappademas, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2020 When Burna Boy arrives three hours late to an east London studio on a balmy July evening, he is laid-back to the point of comatose -- and monosyllabic. Nick Duerden, Billboard, 19 July 2019 Traveling through the door takes you inside the mind of the person, while their semi-comatose body remains behind. Rachel Paige,, 7 Feb. 2020 Any Republican senator that hasn't been conflicted over this presidency is either comatose or is pretty useless. Fox News, 25 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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“Comatose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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