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comatose

[kom-uh-tohs, koh-muh-] /ˈkɒm əˌtoʊs, ˈkoʊ mə-/
adjective
1.
affected with or characterized by coma.
2.
lacking alertness or energy; torpid:
comatose from lack of sleep.
Origin of comatose
1745-1755
1745-55; < Greek komat- (stem of kôma coma1) + -ose1
Related forms
comatosely, adverb
comatoseness, comatosity
[kom-uh-tos-i-tee] /ˌkɒm əˈtɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • In the next bed on the right-hand side was a man who appeared in a comatose state.

    Jack Harkaway in New York Bracebridge Hemyng
  • I must have fainted away and the doctor told you I was in a comatose state, eh?

    Crown and Anchor John Conroy Hutcheson
  • The lad lay in a comatose condition long after all their resources had failed.

  • For hours he was speechless, and to every appearance in a comatose condition.

    Walt Whitman in Mickle Street Elizabeth Leavitt Keller
  • She was in a comatose state most of the time, and when she roused seemed quite ignorant of what had happened.

    The Girls at Mount Morris Amanda Minnie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for comatose

comatose

/ˈkəʊməˌtəʊs; -ˌtəʊz/
adjective
1.
in a state of coma
2.
torpid; lethargic
Derived Forms
comatosely, adverb
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Word Origin and History for comatose
adj.

1755, from Latinized form of Greek komat-, comb. form of koma (genitive komatos; see coma) + -ose (1). Perhaps immediately from French comateux. Transferred sense of "lethargic" is from 1828.

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comatose in Medicine

comatose co·ma·tose (kō'mə-tōs', kŏm'ə-)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or affected with coma.

  2. Marked by lethargy; torpid.

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