in extremis

[in eks-tre-mees; English in ik-stree-mis]
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British Dictionary definitions for in extremis

in extremis

  1. in extremity; in dire straits
  2. at the point of death

Word Origin for in extremis

literally: in the furthest reaches
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Word Origin and History for in extremis

"at the point of death," Latin, literally "in the farthest reaches."

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in extremis in Medicine

in extremis

[ĭn ĕk-strēmĭs]
  1. At the point of death.
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