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

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Examples of intensive care in a Sentence

Her condition will require intensive care.

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Of those, eight people had to go to the intensive care unit. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Dallas could add more limits on scooter rides to address safety risks," 13 July 2019 She was released from the intensive care unit this week, according to an update. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "NTSB: Smoke limited visibility in area of Kenai Peninsula plane crash that killed 3," 11 July 2019 The seven-story building includes the hospital’s breast-health and maternity services, including the Akron Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit. Robin Goist,, "Akron, Summit County leaders react to Summa Health acquisition," 10 July 2019 Doctors whisked the baby to the neonatal intensive care unit, where subsequent test results came back abnormal but inconclusive. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Music therapy brings unity, hope to family with child on hospice," 10 July 2019 More than half required a stay in the intensive care unit. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Doctors urged to look for early signs of polio-like acute flaccid myelitis in kids," 9 July 2019 Really, this is a flying intensive care unit the size of a Volkswagen. Miles Blumhardt, The Denver Post, "Summer can be challenging for Loveland medical chopper crews," 6 July 2019 Lorenzen was hospitalized in an intensive care unit June 28 with an infection plus heart and kidney issues. James Weber,, "Support rolling in for Highlands, UK, New York Giants legend Jared Lorenzen," 2 July 2019 All the work was conducted in a single intensive care unit with patients admitted between 2014 and 2017. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Who will wake up from a coma? Electrical jolts in the brain offer hints," 30 June 2019

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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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