minimally conscious state
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Related to minimally conscious state: Vegetative state
minimally conscious stateA mental state characterised by inconsistent but clearly discernible behavioural evidence of consciousness, such as reaching for and grasping objects, locating sounds and responding to words, etc.
minimally conscious state,
A severe alteration in consciousness that does not meet the diagnostic criteria for either coma or a persistent vegetative state, in which patients respond to some sounds and unpleasant stimuli and have a sleep-wake cycle but do not attend to their environment consistently.