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advance directive Syllabification: ad·vance di·rec·tive

Definition of advance directive in English:


A written statement of a person’s wishes regarding medical treatment, often including a living will, made to ensure those wishes are carried out should the person be unable to communicate them to a doctor.
Example sentences
  • Other issues that need to be addressed with patients and caregivers include advance directives, the living will and the durable power of attorney.
  • Even when patients have completed an advance directive and durable power of attorney, decisions at the end of life can be difficult.
  • Most Americans do not complete advance directives, such as durable powers of attorney or living wills.
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