critical condition

noun

plural critical conditions
medical : a serious state in which an ill or injured individual has dangerously unstable or abnormal vital signs and typically requires short-term life support measures (such as mechanical respiration or defibrillation) for stabilization and support prior to or during recovery
The man sustained serious injuries and is still unconscious and in critical condition at Salina Hope Hospital.Ingrid Law
A 12-year-old girl was in critical condition today at Children's Hospital with the rare but often deadly hantavirus.The New York Times

Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of critical condition was in 1815

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Cite this Entry

“Critical condition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/critical%20condition. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

critical condition

noun
: a serious medical state in which an ill or injured individual has dangerously unstable or abnormal vital signs and typically requires short-term life support measures (such as mechanical respiration or defibrillation) for stabilization and support prior to or during recovery
The safe transport of infants in critical condition requires highly reliable inter-professional transport teams that are equipped with the expertise to provide neonatal care in unfamiliar and resource-limited environments.Douglas M. Campbell and Rita Dadiz, Seminars in Perinatology
The large number of patients with COVID-19, suspected cases, hospitalizations, and patients in critical condition has made the medical work incredibly hard.Jing Huang et al., Clinical Infectious Diseases
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