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flat line

Neurology A popular term for a complete lack of cerebral activity as measured by EEG, a finding equated with 'brain death'. See Harvard criteria, Persistent vegetative state Vox populi → medtalk Complete asystole.
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Changing tires is the metaphor for getting rid of a flat line of a job that has constricted one's creativity during the long years of dealing with bureaucratic shackles.
Unemployment did not drop as dramatically, there was no deflation and recovery was flat line rather than a bounce.
The drawers are fully dovetailed in all four corners and finished with the same high-chemical and high-impact resistant flat line finish system as the rest of the cabinet.
As the agency prepares its 2009 budget with hopes of increases after flat line growth imposed in past budget years, their budgetary focus will be on infrastructure planning to accommodate the wireless world that physicians are pushing for.
It is up to us to decide if the ultimate goal of care should be cash, if our system of insurance should incentivize identifying those most in need of care so they can be denied access to it, if our hospitals should fret over the bottom line or the flat line, if our physicians should practice in a context that leaves them desperate to confide in the unknown reporter who leaves an unexpected message on their voicemail.
A blip on the flat line of corporate communication: I wanted to comment on Steve Crescenzo's great article "It's Time to Admit the Hard Truth: We're Not Photographers" ["Editor's Angle," CW, NovemberDecember 2005].
What Mr Simon Tranter fails to acknowledge in his statement (Hypocrites Take A Flat Line, 28.
The Ram Flat line of compactors includes seven models to meet a wide range of waste-handling applications.
It is feared that many other companies could wind up their pension schemes before 2005,as shares continue to flat line on the stock market.
Thus, while "the relationship is as close to a flat line as you'll get in economics," Italy--with a debt-to-GDP ratio in excess of 100 percent--does indeed pay more to borrow ten-year money than does the United States--with a debt-to-GDP ratio less than 36 percent.
the doctor cries as the heart monitor squeals an alarm: The small, erratic heartbeats it was registering have diminished into a flat line.