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English definition of “brain death”

brain death

noun [U]    
the situation in which a person's brain stops working and they need machines in order to stay aliveDeath and dyingDisorders of muscles and the nervous system
(Definition of brain death noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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