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[gawrk] /gɔrk/
noun, Medicine/Medical Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a patient whose brain has suffered severe and irreversible damage and whose vital functions are being maintained by artificial means.
Origin of gork
First recorded in 1970-75; perhaps back formation from gorked (slang) anesthetized; apparently an expressive coinage Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  1. A stuporous or imbecilic patient; a patient who has lost brain function: The gork in that room has the ''O'' sign, did you notice?/ By any definition, a gork. Lived a few minutes (1980s+ Medical)
  2. A despised person; dork, geek, jerk: Hubert is such a gork. His glasses are always falling off his nose, and he wears plaids with stripes (1980s+ Students)


To sedate a patient heavily (1980s+ Medical)

[said to be fr God only really knows, referring to a patient with a mysterious ailment]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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