vegetative state, morality, persisitent nonconscious condition
There ought to be a more accurate term that describes not just the medical condition but the underlying humanity of the afflicted person. Perhaps something like "Persistent conscious condition" would be a more technically descriptive and less morally freighted substitute. It would, in fact, communicate a more complete picture of what is going on.
David F. Forte, Getting Rid of the Vegetables, First Things no. 26 p. 13 (October 1992)