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intensive care unit

the specialized center in a hospital where intensive care is provided.
Abbreviation: ICU.
Origin of intensive care unit
1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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intensive-care-unit in Medicine

intensive care unit n.
Abbr. ICU
A specialized section of a hospital containing the equipment, medical and nursing staff, and monitoring devices necessary to provide intensive care. Also called critical care unit.

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