The doctors told her to get busy and find a nursing home, as the prognosis was “a vegetative state at best.”
Terri Schiavo, on the other hand, was in a vegetative state.
Here the vegetative filament puts out two protuberances, which become shut off from the body of the filament by partitions.
How, I would ask, is this vegetative soul to be presented to the mind?
Whence came also the absolutely essential form of energy, directive of vegetative life?
I then inverted them, so that the vegetative pole came to lie uppermost.
Aphrodite was not a primitive Greek deity, but her connection with vegetative life is abundantly clear.
We must remember that there are changes in the vegetative organs.
The longitudinal type is predominantly "animal," the massive type predominantly "plastic" (vegetative).
This temperature varies, however, with the condition of the bacteria, and for spores is much higher than for vegetative forms.
late 14c., "endowed with the power of growth," from Medieval Latin vegetativus, from past participle stem of vegetare (see vegetable (adj.)). Middle English transferred sense was "characterized by growth." Modern pathological sense of "brain-dead, mentally inert" is from 1893.
vegetative veg·e·ta·tive (věj'ĭ-tā'tĭv)
Of, relating to, or capable of growth.
Of or functioning in processes such as growth or nutrition rather than sexual reproduction.
Of or relating to asexual reproduction, such as fission or budding.
Of or relating to the resting stage of a cell or its nucleus.
Of or relating to a pathological vegetation.
Of or being a state of grossly impaired consciousness, as after severe head trauma or brain disease, in which an individual is incapable of voluntary or purposeful acts and only responds reflexively to painful stimuli.