intensive care unit

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intensive care unit (plural intensive care units)

  1. A hospital ward into which critically ill patients, in danger of dying, are admitted and closely monitored (abbreviation: ICU).

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In colloquial usage this term is often shortened to intensive care; the abbreviation ICU tends to be used by the medical profession.

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