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heroic

Pronunciation: he-ro'ik

Definition: Denoting an aggressive, daring procedure in a dangerously ill patient that, in itself may endanger the patient but also has a possibility of being successful, whereas lesser action would inevitably result in failure.

[G. heroikos, pertaining to a hero]

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