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
Recent Examples on the Web Unlike Joe Flacco, cool to the point of being comatose, this Denver rookie burns hot. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: In his first NFL start, Drew Lock shows arrogance that has been missing in Broncos quarterbacks for too long," 1 Dec. 2019 Natural gas demand isn’t growing quickly enough to absorb surging production; and neither is oil, judging from its comatose state in the face of all sorts of geopolitical provocations. Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Frackers Get Not One But Two Coal-Mine Canaries," 20 June 2019 And Inova Health Group sent the Ghaisars a bill for $71,000 for the 10 days of care rendered to the comatose shooting victim. Washington Post, "Family of Bijan Ghaisar, killed by Park Police officers in 2017, refiles suit against U.S.," 21 Sep. 2019 BEIJING - North Korea issued a $2 million bill for the hospital care of comatose American Otto Warmbier, insisting that a U.S. official sign a pledge to pay it before being allowed to fly the University of Virginia student from Pyongyang in 2017. oregonlive, "N. Korea billed U.S. $2 million for care of comatose Otto Warmbier, Washington Post reports," 25 Apr. 2019 The woman is in a semi-comatose state, officials said. Char Adams,, "California Woman in a Coma After Using Face Cream Laced with Mercury: It's 'Extremely Dangerous'," 12 Sep. 2019 Cyberwar has been used to terrorize individual companies and temporarily render entire governments comatose. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Cyberwar," 23 Aug. 2019 Pyongyang authorities insisted the U.S. envoy sent to retrieve the University of Virginia student sign a pledge to pay the bill before allowing Warmbier’s comatose body to return to the United States. Fox News, "Otto Warmbier’s parents file claim for seized North Korean cargo ship as part of $500M judgment against regime," 7 July 2019 The over-under for your optimistic friend who predicted nine wins to drop into a comatose state is three games. 8. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Embrace the pain? #TrustTheTank? Rules to survive this Dolphins season | Commentary," 23 July 2019

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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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The first known use of comatose was in 1755

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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Comatose.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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