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    what do you call the kind of life that the person is still alive but doesn't react? I don't mean comma or brain death?

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    I am not a teacher but this might be your answer.
    PARALYTIC

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    Re: a word

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    what do you call the kind of life that the person is still alive but doesn't react? I don't mean comma or brain death?
    vegetative state

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    Re: a word

    Coma, not comma.

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    Re: a word

    Quote Originally Posted by chrysanthemum View Post
    what do you call the kind of life that the person is still alive but doesn't react? I don't mean coma or brain death
    It would be more useful to know what you do mean then.

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    Re: a word

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It would be more useful to know what you do mean then.
    I agree that it would be helpful to know what you mean!

    My suggestion is "persistent vegetative state". As far as I'm aware, that is (in medical terms) different from a coma.

    When someone is brain dead, then it's generally time to pull the plug or stop trying to resuscitate etc. You wouldn't make the same decision (necessarily) for someone in a coma or a PVS.

    With regard to an earlier answer, "paralytic" would certainly not work. I can only assume the poster meant "paralysed" but that is completely different. "Paralytic" in BrE means that you are so drunk that you can't function.

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    Re: a word

    It also depends on how the OP means "doesn't react".
    Doesn't react voluntarily? - in a coma, unconcious. WIll still react to pain, by withdrawal of limb, etc.
    Doesn't react via deep or superficial reflexes? Deeper coma. Patients in a semi-vegetative state can chew and swallow by the stimulus of food put in their mouths.
    Many patients in vegetative states will react to various primitive reflexes - eg. constriction of pupils to light.
    Even in brain dead patients, the body can react to infection by inflammation.

    So there's a wide range of how a body can react, depending on which systems are still functional.

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