the use of specialized equipment and personnel for continuous monitoring and care of the critically ill.
For All “Intents and Purposes” vs. “Intensive Purposes”Both 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 …
Origin of intensive care
First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for intensive care
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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Medicine definitions for intensive care
[ ĭn-tĕn′sĭv ]
Continuous and closely monitored health care that is provided to critically ill patients.
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