intensive care

noun

1
: the continuous monitoring and treatment of critically ill or injured patients using special medical facilities, equipment, and services
Many of the sickest patients need intensive care, even to the point of being connected to a mechanical respirator.Lawrence K. Altman
2
: a designated area in a hospital providing intensive care : intensive care unit
heart patients in intensive care
… short of breath and feverish, doctors isolated him in intensive care.Elisabeth Rosenthal
often hyphenated when used before another noun
an intensive-care nurse

Examples of intensive care in a Sentence

Her condition will require intensive care.
Recent Examples on the Web The infection landed her in the intensive care unit and nearly killed her. Jessica Van Egeren, Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2024 Charlotte Catholic High School said on Facebook that the girls were admitted to the intensive care unit following the crash. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 Country star Colt Ford is in the intensive care unit after suffering a heart attack Thursday. Josh Feldman, NBC News, 7 Apr. 2024 The artist is reportedly recovering in the intensive care unit at the Banner Desert Medical Center. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 5 Apr. 2024 Country-rap performer Colt Ford is currently in the intensive care unit at the Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, after the artist suffered a heart attack on Thursday night (April 4) following a show at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Gilbert, Arizona. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2024 Her son spent a week fighting for his life in a neonatal intensive care unit, according to the complaint, and had a device implanted to fix his heart defect. Julia Marnin, Miami Herald, 28 Mar. 2024 The third plaintiff, Paul Marik, said he had been forced to resign a professorship at Eastern Virginia Medical School and as director of the intensive care unit at Senara Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024 West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell plans to close its labor and delivery and neonatal intensive care units by April 1 for similar reasons. Angela Palermo, Idaho Statesman, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of intensive care was in 1954

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“Intensive care.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intensive%20care. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

intensive care

noun
: continuous monitoring and treatment of seriously ill patients using special medical equipment and services
also : a unit in a hospital providing intensive care

Medical Definition

intensive care

1 of 2 noun
1
: the continuous monitoring and treatment of critically ill or injured patients using special medical facilities, equipment, and services
She required intensive care and survived without sequelae.The Journal of the American Medical Association
2
: a designated area in a hospital providing intensive care : intensive care unit
heart patients in intensive care
a patient isolated in intensive care
He spent several days in intensive care before recovering from the overdose.Jerome Groopman

intensive care

2 of 2 adjective
variants also intensive-care
: providing or concerned with continuous monitoring and treatment of critically ill or injured patients using special medical facilities, equipment, and services
intensive care medicine
an intensive-care nurse
also : receiving medical care in an intensive care unit
intensive care patients
compare acute care, chronic care

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