persistent vegetative state


: an unconscious state that is the result of severe brain damage and that can last for a very long time

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Recent Examples on the Web Terri Schiavo was a Florida woman who, after collapsing from cardiac arrest in 1990 at age 26, entered a persistent vegetative state. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 8 June 2024 In 1990, Terri fell into a persistent vegetative state after suffering cardiac arrest, according to CBS News. Monica Mercuri, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024

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“Persistent vegetative state.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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