brain death


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n brain death death when respiration and other reflexes are absent; consciousness is gone; organs can be removed for transplantation before the heartbeat stops
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  • Guy Almes
    Guy Almes
    “There are three kinds of death in this world. There's heart death, there's brain death, and there's being off the network.”
  • Anne Perry
    Anne Perry
    “... she knew in her heart that to be without optimism, that core of reasonless hope in the spirit rather than the brain, was a fatal flaw, the seed of death.”
  • Norman Tebbit
    Norman Tebbit
    “It is certainly safe, in view of the movement to the right of intellectuals and political thinkers, to pronounce the brain death of socialism.”


In literature:

In a week from that time, Weber himself lay cold in death, only five miles distant, with a bullet through his brain.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
It was only a figment of fancy, a creation of his tortured brain, a phenomenon associated with his passing from life to death.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
When the hunt was poor, children were brained with clubbed rifles, women knouted to death before the eyes of husbands and fathers.
"Pioneers of the Pacific Coast" by Agnes C. Laut
Robert Delamater had three small bits of metal, like tiny shot, and he racked his brain to connect these with the death.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
The choice was: bodies of isuanacs or death for the brains.
"The Passing of Ku Sui" by Anthony Gilmore
They remained several hours, and decided it to be that terrible death in life, entire paralysis of brain, nerve, and muscle.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
These, and other thoughts, flashed across my brain in an instant, for I knew that the agony of a fearful death would be quickly upon me.
"The Sign of Silence" by William Le Queux
He thought that the shock of her mother's death had turned her brain.
"The Beggar Man" by Ruby Mildred Ayres
His brain could sense the approach of death, and what he now must do was very plain.
"Astounding Stories, June, 1931" by Various
My brain was never more calm and calculating and indifferent to the death which I knew was at hand.
"On the right of the British line" by Gilbert Nobbs

In poetry:

"I moved on,...but that weight of death
Will never leave my brain !
I thought I never might uncling
That ghastly arm again !
"The Penitent's Confession" by Anne Bannerman
Earth's span is drawing to its close,
With every breath;
My pain-racked brain no respite knows,
Yet shrinks it, from the grim repose
It feels in death.
"In Mortem Meditare." by Alfred Castner King
For men are ever noble when they stand
In sovereign worship of some kingly one,
Who toil'd for them with brain, and foot, and hand,
Till death came, and the godlike task was done.
"By The Grave of Livingstone" by Alexander Anderson
What do you wish to say to me O Lost?
(And the trees darken and the houses dwindle)
Stagnation entered my brain and the leaves are twisted with death
I have been blighted by an early frost.
"Pilgrimage (for Lewis Mumford)" by Marya Zaturenska
To serve for common duty, while the brain
Is hot with high desire to be distinct;
To fill the sand-grain place among the stones
That build the social wall in million sameness,
Is life by leave, and death by insignificance.
"Living" by John Boyle O Reilly
"Proud Master of a mighty mind,
he worshipped truth and knew not fear;
Aye, though in age his eyes were blind,
Till death his brain was crystal clear;
And here he communed with the stars,
Where now you park your motor cars.
"The Leaning Tower" by Robert W Service

In news:

Chronic wasting disease affects deer's brains, leads to death.
Chronic wasting disease attacks the brains of infected deer, elk and moose and produces small lesions that eventually result in death.
Medical experts are investigating the deaths of three outdoorsmen who died of brain-destroying illnesses.
Too much lead in children can cause brain damage, even death.
Brain-eating amoeba suspected in Indiana man's death.
'Brain eating amoeba ' causes concern after two recent deaths.
A so called "brain eating amoeba " has recently caused the death of two different people in two different states.
Dean's brain surgery , death of grandfather turned transfer year into an ordeal.
Savides' wife, Medine, told The New York Times the cause of death was brain cancer.
Notable deaths in news 2012-N to Z. Futurists converge on Toronto to discuss brain preservation, technology, and how we might live forever.
Killer's Brain Focus Of Death Penalty Testimony.
A new study analyzes Einstein 's brain using photos taken at the time of physicist's death.
A study of 14 newly discovered photographs of Einstein 's brain, which was preserved for study after his death, concludes that the brain was indeed highly unusual in many ways.
A burst of brain activity dubbed the "wave of death" may not signal the end after all, a new study finds.
Scientists have determined that the death of two distinct populations of neurons in the brain trigger symptoms of Parkinson 's disease.

In science:

The appearance and disappearance of edges in a network (growth and death of synapses, in the case of the brain) is formalised as a stochastic process and studied in a general setting (Johnson et al., 2009b, 2010a).
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
Moreover, tissue swelling ensues within the rigid confines of the skull, elevating intracranial pressure, and ultimately leading to brain herniation and death (Hacke et al. 1996).
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats
Kawaguchi K., Hickey R. W., Rose M. E., Zhu L., Chen J. and Graham S. H. (2005) Cyclooxygenase-2 expression is induced in rat brain after kainate-induced seizures and promotes neuronal death in CA3 hippocampus.
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats
There is no previous report on the protective effects of this cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor in brain ischemia. Nimesulide rescued CA1 pyramidal neurons from ischemic death even when treatment was delayed until 24 h after ischemia.
Neuroprotective efficacy of nimesulide against hippocampal neuronal damage following transient forebrain ischemia
Brain Res. 239, 57-69. 26. Kitagawa, K., Matsumoto, M., Oda, T., Niinobe, M., Hata, R., Handa, N., Fukunaga, R., Isaka, Y., Kimura, K., Maeda, H., 1990. Free radical generation during brief period of cerebral ischemia may trigger delayed neuronal death.
Time course of oxidative damage in different brain regions following transient cerebral ischemia in gerbils