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in extremis

[in eks-tre-mees; English in ik-stree-mis]
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adverb Latin.
  1. in extremity.
  2. near death.
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Related Words

doomed, fading, moribund, decaying, sinking, fated, withering, going, mortal, passing, final, ebbing, declining

British Dictionary definitions for in extremis

in extremis

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

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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