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comatose

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj comatose in a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness; unable to respond to external stimuli "a comatose patient"
    • adj comatose relating to or associated with a coma "comatose breathing","comatose state"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans ages the equivalent of five human years for every day they live, so they usually die after about fourteen days. When stressed, though, the worm goes into a comatose state that can last for two or more months. The human equivalent would be to sleep for about two hundred years.
    • a Comatose Relating to, or resembling, coma; drowsy; lethargic; as, comatose sleep; comatose fever.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • comatose Pertaining to or resembling coma; affected with coma; morbidly drowsy or lethargic: as, a comatose state; a comatose patient; “hysterical and comatose cases,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Comatose affected with coma: drowsy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Coma lethargy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. kōma.

Usage

In literature:

The hero was comatose and was hanging all limp and loose by the chain which had been passed about his waist.
"Recollections" by David Christie Murray
The greater part of the time she lay in a comatose state, from which it was difficult to rouse her.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
The miserable Hazlet, swilled with unwonted draughts, lay brutally comatose in a chair.
"Julian Home" by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
By my comatose friend I was referred to the Admiral Carter, in Bartholomew Close, where the men's committee sat daily at four.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
How long he continued in this comatose state he never knew.
"Sword and Pen" by John Algernon Owens
The mind at first is clear, but the patient is irritable; later he becomes comatose.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Solange, flushed and half comatose, he carried to the bed.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
In a comatose state; but is roused to attention by calling him.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
He was half comatose from over-feeding and over-petting, but he was glad to see Calhoun.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
At first the condition is rather that of collapse than true coma, though later the patient is absolutely comatose.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3" by Various
A lapse into the comatose condition takes place when the excitement ceases.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
I lay there, comatose and semi-conscious in the pitchy darkness, and wondered what had happened.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. CLVIII, January 7, 1920" by Various
I found her helpless and comatose on the hearth-rug.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
The singer was still in a comatose state, and her life was despaired of.
"The Intriguers" by William Le Queux
While the modern drama appeared to have relapsed into a comatose condition, poetic and romantic drama was giving some signs of life.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
Mrs. Mears admitted to hospital comatose and pulseless, nothing having been done to check absorption.
"On Snake-Poison: its Action and its Antidote" by A. Mueller
And he sat up and saw the comatose trio for himself.
"A Thief in the Night" by E. W. Hornung
Something prompted me to reach in and feel the hand of the still comatose girl.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
Finding the Squire still comatose, he sat with his fingers on the intermittent pulse.
"Beggars on Horseback" by F. Tennyson Jesse
I thought you were going to remain in a comatose state for ever.
"Toppleton's Client" by John Kendrick Bangs
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In news:

Cheng has been in a semi-comatose state for nearly four years after sustaining head injuries in a November 2008 car accident.
And when the researchers looked at these hubs, they found that the areas that are hubs in normal brains were no longer hubs in comatose brains.
And the future looks equally comatose.
Just Before Organ Harvesting, Comatose Patient Recovers (11740).
Man Diagnosed 'Comatose' For 23 Years Was Actually Conscious All Along.
Just Before Organ Harvesting, Comatose Patient Recovers (12489).
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Possession " occupied the top spot at a nearly comatose box office.
Just Before Organ Harvesting, Comatose Patient Recovers (12466).
Just Before Organ Harvesting, Comatose Patient Recovers (12486).
Just Before Organ Harvesting, Comatose Patient Recovers (12481).
Just Before Organ Harvesting, Comatose Patient Recovers (12657).
Just Before Organ Harvesting, Comatose Patient Recovers (12504).
Study of comatose brains finds changes to highly connected hub areas.
Just Before Organ Harvesting, Comatose Patient Recovers (11575).
Just Before Organ Harvesting, Comatose Patient Recovers (12472).
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