clinical death

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clinical death (countable and uncountable, plural clinical deaths)

  1. (medicine, law) A state in which usual medically observable vital signs—such as respiration, heartbeat, and corneal reflex—are not present, but from which patients are sometimes revived.
    • 1988, Andrea K. Scott, “Death Unto Life: Anencephalic Infants as Organ Donors,”, in Virginia Law Review, volume 74, number 8, page 1533:
      The body dies in stages, beginning at clinical death, then brain death, biological death, and finally, cellular death.

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