coma vs comma : Common Errors in English

About coma vs comma

Some people write of patients languishing in a comma, and others refer to inserting a coma into a sentence. A long-term unconscious state is a coma; the punctuation mark is a comma.

coma Meaning(s)

  • (n) a state of deep and often prolonged unconsciousness; usually the result of disease or injury
  • (n) (botany) a usually terminal tuft of bracts (as in the pineapple) or tuft of hairs (especially on certain seeds)
  • (n) (astronomy) the luminous cloud of particles surrounding the frozen nucleus of a comet; forms as the comet approaches the sun and is warmed

comma Meaning(s)

  • (n) a punctuation mark (,) used to indicate the separation of elements within the grammatical structure of a sentence
  • (n) anglewing butterfly with a comma-shaped mark on the underside of each hind wing

coma in News

  1. Coma Cinema's Aching 'Virgin Veins' Tells of Trauma

    A self-deprecating spark burns bright on Coma Cinema's bare new track "Virgin Veins." The since-abandoned project of South Carolina singer/songwriter Mat Cothran, Coma Cinema's output circa 2011 is an expansive account of strange and beautiful survival, featuring spare drums, purring acoustic hums, and wispy vocals that warm the ear...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Spin

  2. Family: U-M employee struck by truck last week in coma following surgery

    A pedestrian hit last week in Ann Arbor was in a coma Tuesday after undergoing surgery, his family said. The man hit by a truck last week near the University of Michigan campus is in a coma following a...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: MLive.com

  3. Coma after soy sauce OD

    A young man who drank a quart of soy sauce went into a coma and nearly died from an excess of salt in his body, according to a recent case report.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: MSN

comma in News

  • Kawhi Not? Silent, Sinewy Small Forward Stirs the Spurs

    While Tuesday night’s blowout win over the Heat was punctuated by the surprisingly dynamic sharpshooting duo of Gary Neal and Danny Green, the all-important comma in Miami’s death sentence was Kawhi Leonard. Much was made of Golden State small forward Harrison Barnes elevating his game during the second round against the Spurs, but it’s been Leonard who’s quietly emerged as the breakout player ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: San Antonio Current

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