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flatline

slang To die or come very close to death. The "flat line" in question is a straight, horizontal line on an electrocardiogram or electroencephalogram indicating a lack of heart or brain activity (as opposed to the peaks and valleys displayed as a result of measuring the vital signs of a living person). The patient flatlined and we were unable to resuscitate. Time of death was 18:56.

flatline

in. to die. (From the flatness of the line on an EEG monitor when the heart stops.) It appeared that the patient flatlined during the night.
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Wrestler Adrian Street, who is originally from Blaenau Gwent, flatlined during a routine colonoscopy in a hospital in America
Takings for the first 10 months of 2011 have flatlined, said the BRC, with the amount of goods bought "substantially" down.
The sector's first growth in three months provided "some cause for relief " but economists warned the sector has only flatlined over the past three months, while export orders slumped to their lowest since May 2009 after being hit by the slowdown in global growth amid the eurozone debt crisis.
But the paramedic found that Jackson had already "flatlined," adding " his skin was very cool to the touch and his eyes were open, dry, dilated."
A ComRes survey for the Sunday Mirror and Independent on Sunday on the eve of the gathering suggested the party's support has flatlined at 11 per cent.
Usually two rods are on Church planer boards while the other two rods are flatlined directly in back of the boat.
The Welsh nationalists flatlined on three seats, falling short in the Labour-held target constituencies of Ynys Mon and Llanelli, and failing to retake Ceredigion from the Liberal Democrats.
His comments come in a week in which the administration announced more measures to kick-start the flatlined United States economy.
show "temperature at the Earth's surface has flatlined since 1998.
"Math and reading scores have stagnated; graduation rates have flatlined; and researchers have shown numerous billion-dollar Federal programs to be failures."
"I've flatlined, I've been counted out in a coma, and I've been tortured by Pesto.
The report, Building Strong Communities: A call to reinvest in Ontario's nonprofit social services, the group claims that the province's social service infrastructure is suffering under the weight of flatlined funding, increased demand for service and growing expectations from government.
Once a shining jewel in the world of stethosoaps, recent episodes have flatlined dismally.
A CAMPAIGN is being launched to increase flexible working amid evidence that the number of people taking up the option has "flatlined".