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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Irreversible brain damage and loss of brain function, as evidenced by cessation of breathing and other vital reflexes, unresponsiveness to stimuli, absence of muscle activity, and a flat electroencephalogram for a specific length of time.

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  • noun medicine An irreversible loss of brain function and cessation of brain activity.

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  • noun death when respiration and other reflexes are absent; consciousness is gone; organs can be removed for transplantation before the heartbeat stops

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