Persistent vegetative state/Definition

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A definition or brief description of Persistent vegetative state.

Vegetative state refers to the neurocognitive status of individuals with severe brain damage, in whom physiologic functions (sleep-wake cycles, autonomic control, and breathing) persist, but awareness (including all cognitive function and emotion) is abolished.

This definition is at least in part based on: Anonymous (2015), Persistent vegetative state (English). Medical Subject Headings. U.S. National Library of Medicine.