intensive care

noun
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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

  1. Her condition will require intensive care.

Recent Examples of intensive care from the Web

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First Known Use of intensive care

1963


INTENSIVE CARE Defined for English Language Learners

intensive care

noun

Definition of intensive care for English Language Learners

  • : 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


INTENSIVE CARE Defined for Kids

intensive care

noun

Definition of intensive care for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

intensive care

adjective

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

intensive care

noun
    • She required intensive care and survived without sequelae.
    • The Journal of the American Medical Association4 July 1986
    • He spent several days in intensive care before recovering from the overdose.
    • —Jerome GroopmanThe New Yorker10 Jan. 2005


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