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[kom-uh-tohs, koh-muh-]
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  1. affected with or characterized by coma.
  2. lacking alertness or energy; torpid: comatose from lack of sleep.
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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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  1. in a state of coma
  2. torpid; lethargic
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Derived Formscomatosely, adverb
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Word Origin and History for comatose


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


(kōmə-tōs′, kŏmə-)
  1. Of, relating to, or affected with coma.
  2. Marked by lethargy; torpid.
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