comatose

[ kom-uh-tohs, koh-muh- ]
/ ˈkɒm əˌtoʊs, ˈkoʊ mə- /

adjective

affected with or characterized by coma.
lacking alertness or energy; torpid: comatose from lack of sleep.

Nearby words

  1. comandante,
  2. comaneci,
  3. comaneci, nadia,
  4. comate,
  5. comatic,
  6. comatulid,
  7. comayagua,
  8. comb,
  9. comb back,
  10. comb jelly

Origin of comatose

1745–55; < Greek komat- (stem of kôma coma1) + -ose1

Related formscom·a·tose·ly, adverbcom·a·tose·ness, com·a·tos·i·ty [kom-uh-tos-i-tee] /ˌkɒm əˈtɒs ɪ ti/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for comatose

comatose

/ (ˈkəʊməˌtəʊs, -ˌtəʊz) /

adjective

in a state of coma
torpid; lethargic
Derived Formscomatosely, adverb

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Word Origin and History for comatose

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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Medicine definitions for comatose

comatose

[ kōmə-tōs′, kŏmə- ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or affected with coma.
Marked by lethargy; torpid.

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