Nebraska sign

Nebraska sign

slang A flat line on an electrocardiogram (ECG) indicating that a patient's heart has stopped beating. A reference to the fact that Nebraska is almost completely flat. Something's not right—we keep getting a Nebraska sign, even though the patient is right there talking to us! I tried to resuscitate her, but the Nebraska sign never budged.
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Nebraska sign

n. a flat EEG indicating the death of the patient being monitored. (see also flatline. Medical.) I saw the Nebraska sign on my monitor and knew it must not be hooked up right.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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