cerebral death

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Noun1.cerebral death - death when respiration and other reflexes are absent; consciousness is gone; organs can be removed for transplantation before the heartbeat stops
death - the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism; "the animal died a painful death"
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This latest condition, also a potential cause of PRES, was, in our opinion, the precipitating factor leading to cerebral death through a transient and limited decrease in arterial blood pressure.
A precise, unambiguous definition giving circumstances of cerebral death that can be empirically verifiable removes these people from being classified as dead.
The generally accepted procedure is that some twenty-four hours after cerebral death is detected the physician makes the decision to disconnect the ventilator and then informs the family that death has been caused by cardiac arrest.