Medical Dictionary: Brain death


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Brain death: Another name for Persistent Vegetative State.
Brain death (condition): Physically alive with basic mental function but without high mental capacity.

Brain death: A persistent vegetative state, which sometimes follows a coma, refers to a condition in which individuals have lost cognitive neurological function and awareness of the environment but retain noncognitive function and a perserved sleep-wake cycle. It is sometimes described as when a person is technically alive, but his/her brain is dead. However, that description is not completely accurate. 1

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1. excerpt from NINDS Coma Information Page: NINDS

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