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brain damage

noun, Pathology
injury or harm, congenital or acquired, to the tissues of the brain resulting from inadequate oxygen supply, trauma, or other cause.
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brain-damaged, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for brain damage
  • People in such a state have serious brain damage as a result of an accident or stroke.
  • Oxygen is vital for life-without it, severe brain damage may ensue in as little as three minutes.
  • We can only wonder what magnitude of brain damage he suffered.
  • These effects include brain damage and reproductive failure.
  • He was taken to a hospital, but later died from brain damage.
  • Among some indigenous people, levels are high enough to affect childhood development, causing nerve and brain damage.
  • In cognitive science, incidents of brain damage are nature's experiments.
  • In one, data from a test used to diagnose brain damage were given to a group of clinical psychologists and their secretaries.
  • Preemies are already vulnerable to lifelong complications ranging from vision problems to permanent brain damage.
  • They might have stress-related diseases, even irreversible brain damage.
brain damage in Medicine

brain damage n.
Injury to the brain that is caused by various conditions, such as head trauma, inadequate oxygen supply, infection, or intracranial hemorrhage, and that may be associated with a behavioral or functional abnormality.

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