brain death

noun

Definition of brain death

: final cessation of activity in the central nervous system especially as indicated by a flat electroencephalogram for a predetermined length of time

Examples of brain death in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Doctors cannot take a medical history from a patient who suffered brain death after a car accident or drug overdose. Benjamin Mazer, The Atlantic, 11 May 2021 The organ donor, a woman from the Upper Midwest who suffered brain death following an auto accident, also had a negative PCR test using a nasopharyngeal swab within 48 hours of when her organs were procured. Kristen Jordan Shamus, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2021 The organ donor, a woman from the Upper Midwest who suffered brain death following an auto accident, also had a negative PCR test using a nasopharyngeal swab within 48 hours of when her organs were procured. Kristen Jordan Shamus, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2021 The organ donor, a woman from the Upper Midwest who suffered brain death following an auto accident, also had a negative PCR test using a nasopharyngeal swab within 48 hours of when her organs were procured. Kristen Jordan Shamus, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2021 Humans, for example, can sometimes go on breathing, metabolizing food and physically maturing even after clinical brain death, undercutting our medical and legal concepts of vitality. Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2021 The organ donor, a woman from the Upper Midwest who suffered brain death following an auto accident, also had a negative PCR test using a nasopharyngeal swab within 48 hours of when her organs were procured. Kristen Jordan Shamus, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2021 The organ donor, a woman from the Upper Midwest who suffered brain death following an auto accident, also had a negative PCR test using a nasopharyngeal swab within 48 hours of when her organs were procured. Kristen Jordan Shamus, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2021 The organ donor, a woman from the Upper Midwest who suffered brain death following an auto accident, also had a negative PCR test using a nasopharyngeal swab within 48 hours of when her organs were procured. Kristen Jordan Shamus, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2021

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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brain death

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brain death

: the condition of having no brain function : the end of activity in the brain

brain death

noun

Medical Definition of brain death

: final cessation of activity in the central nervous system especially as indicated by a flat electroencephalogram for a predetermined length of time

Other Words from brain death

brain-dead adjective

brain death

noun
\ ˈbrān-ˌdeth \

Legal Definition of brain death

: the final stopping of activity in the central nervous system especially as indicated by a flat electroencephalogram for a usually statutorily predetermined period of time

Other Words from brain death

brain-dead \ ˈbrān-​ˌded How to pronounce brain death (audio) \ adjective

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