[sem-ee-koh-muh, sem-ahy-]

noun, plural sem·i·co·mas.

a light coma from which a person can be roused.

Origin of semicoma

First recorded in 1895–1900; semi- + coma1
Related formssem·i·com·a·tose [sem-i-kom-uh-tohs, -koh-muh-] /ˌsɛm ɪˈkɒm əˌtoʊs, -ˈkoʊ mə-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for semi-coma

Historical Examples of semi-coma

  • Thus it was, against her own will, that Klyda Snowden was shaken from her semi-coma.

  • There was a peculiar exotic feel to it which kept the senses in a state of semi-coma yet alive to the slightest change.


    George Looms

  • To all appearances Hovan was deeply asleep, sunk in the semi-coma the sleep ray produced.

    Plague Ship

    Andre Norton

  • The fact he immediately relapsed once more into semi-coma did not discourage the other Medic.

    Plague Ship

    Andre Norton

semi-coma in Medicine


[sĕm′ē-kōmə, sĕm′ī-]


A partial or mild comatose state; a coma from which a person may be roused by various stimuli.
Related formssem′i•coma•tose′ (-kōmə-tōs′, -kŏmə-) adj.
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