the use of specialized equipment and personnel for continuous monitoring and care of the critically ill.
For All Intents and Purposes vs. For All Intensive PurposesBoth for all intents and purposes and for all intensive purposes are widely used to mean “for all practical purposes” or “virtually.” But which one is correct? The standard idiom is for all intents and purposes, not for all intensive purposes, though if you were to say these two forms out loud it might be hard to tell the difference between the two. For all …
Caring About Whether You Couldn’t Care LessWhen you want to colloquially express that you don’t care at all about something, you might say “I couldn’t care less.” This phrase first popped up in British English at the turn of the 20th century and is still popular today. In the 1960s, a controversial American variant of this phase entered popular usage: “I could care less.” Many native English speakers, both in the …
- intensional object,
- intensive care unit,
- intention movement
Origin of intensive care
First recorded in 1960–65
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Two intensive-care nurses were due to be on holiday and canceled it.
extensive and continuous care and treatment provided for an acutely ill patient, usually in a specially designated section (intensive care unit) of a hospital
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Continuous and closely monitored health care that is provided to critically ill patients.
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