intensive care unit

noun
plural intensive care units

Definition of intensive care unit

: a unit in a hospital providing intensive care for critically ill or injured patients that is staffed by specially trained medical personnel and has equipment that allows for continuous monitoring and life support Our patients were without question seriously ill. This reflects the selection of more serious, life-threatening attempts for admission to the intensive care unit.— Theodore A. Stern et al. The array of equipment that is now so familiar a part of intensive care units sustains lives that previously would have been lost.— Franz J. Ingelfinger abbreviation ICU

called also critical care unit

First Known Use of intensive care unit

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Intensive care unit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intensive%20care%20unit. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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intensive care unit

noun

Medical Definition of intensive care unit

: a unit in a hospital providing intensive care for critically ill or injured patients that is staffed by specially trained medical personnel and has equipment that allows for continuous monitoring and life support abbreviation ICU

called also critical care unit

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