intensive care


Definition of intensive care 

1 : continuous monitoring and treatment of seriously ill patients using special medical equipment and services

2 : a unit in a hospital providing intensive care heart patients in intensive care

Examples of intensive care in a Sentence

Her condition will require intensive care.

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Bella Lucy for Vox My daughter Xiomara spent the first five months of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit. Elena Hung, Vox, "I took my 3-year-old to Congress to fight for health care. I feel like we won the midterms.," 9 Nov. 2018 After coming out of surgery, the officer was in the intensive care unit and said to be in critical/stable condition. Fox News, "Female cop in ICU after getting stabbed in the throat, suspect charged, police say," 2 Oct. 2018 Skinner was transferred Monday out of intensive care at VCU Medical Center, the sheriff said. Jeff Truesdell,, "Va. Mom Shoots Man Who Allegedly Flew from New Zealand to See Her Daughter, 14, Who'd Quit Messaging Him Online," 26 June 2018 Casanova wanted to unravel those tragic cases of flu, in which a child with no apparent underlying illness wound up in the intensive care unit. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Extreme Flu? Weird Encephalitis? It May Be Your Genes," 13 July 2018 According to the page, Broder is in critical condition in the intensive care unit and has undergone multiple lifesaving operations. Campbell Lutz, ajc, "Country club shooting victim ID’d as manager of several restaurants in D.C. area," 13 July 2018 After surgery, Thompson was taken to an intensive care unit, where he was pronounced dead Thursday morning. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "A Mecklenburg County inmate died. It’s the jail’s fourth death in two months.," 12 July 2018 Dozens of family members have stopped into his room in the intensive care unit. Cleve Wootson,, "A man went crabbing - and came back with flesh-eating bacteria that now threaten his life," 10 July 2018 Angel Perez, 60, has been in the intensive care unit of Cooper University Hospital since July 4, undergoing aggressive treatment with antibiotics in hopes of saving his arms and legs, said daughter Dilena Perez-Dilan. Tom Avril,, "N.J. man infected with flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing, could lose limbs," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of intensive care

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of intensive care

: a section of a hospital where special medical equipment and services are provided for patients who are seriously injured or ill; also : the medical care provided in such a section

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Kids Definition of intensive care

: constant observation and treatment of very ill patients in a special unit of a hospital

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Medical Definition of intensive care 

: having special medical facilities, services, and monitoring devices to meet the needs of gravely ill patients an intensive care unit — compare acute care, chronic care

Other Words from intensive care

intensive care noun
She required intensive care and survived without sequelae. The Journal of the American Medical Association, 4 July 1986 He spent several days in intensive care before recovering from the overdose. — Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2005

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