clinically dead

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clinically dead (not comparable)

  1. (medicine, law) In 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.
    • 1974, “Natural Sciences: Supercooling dogs,”, in Science News, volume 106, number 23, page 360:
      Twelve dogs have been brought back to life with no signs of permanent damage after being clinically dead for two hours.

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