critical condition

[ krit-i-kuhl kuhn-dish-uhn ]


  1. Medicine/Medical. an unstable state, resulting from severe illness or injury, in which the patient’s vital signs and other symptoms indicate a significant risk of death:

    An 80-year-old man with serious head injuries was rushed from the accident scene to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

  2. a state of serious disrepair or disarray:

    After years of underfunding, the city’s infrastructure is in critical condition.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of critical condition1

First recorded in 1860–65 critical condition fordef 1; 1950–55 critical condition fordef 2
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Example Sentences

Dossi initially was listed in critical condition with wounds to his arm and lower back.

Hospital officials said Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and Gia Soriano, both 14 years old, remained in critical condition.

The two wounded workers had already been rushed away in ambulances, one in critical condition and the other stable.

She was announced dead later that evening after hours of being in critical condition.

The most seriously wounded, 11-year-old Tymisha Washington, was listed in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds.

The reader may have realized that by the beginning of 1891 Mark Twain's finances were in a critical condition.

They traveled with all possible speed, and on arriving at the place found the woman in a very critical condition.

The succeeding year was signalized for the critical condition of the settlement.

He was in the vicinity of Lancaster with forty-eight dragoons, when he learned the critical condition of Brookfield.

It required all the moral courage that I was master of to bear me up in view of my critical condition.





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