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intensive care unit
A specialized section of a hospital containing the equipment, medical and nursing staff, and monitoring devices necessary to provide intensive care.
(plural intensive care units)
- A hospital ward into which critically ill patients, in danger of dying, are admitted and closely monitored (abbreviation: ICU).
In colloquial usage this term is often shortened to intensive care; the abbreviation ICU tends to be used by the medical profession.
(plural intensive-care units)
- Alternative form of intensive care unit.