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coma (KOH muh) (noun)
A state of deep unconsciousness typically caused by an accident or an illness: Lorene was found in a coma after the skiing accident.

A traumatic brain injury is the most frequent cause of a coma.

The doctors induced a coma in the patient to allow his body to recover from the severe accident.

comma (KAHM uh) (noun)
A punctuation mark in a sentence typically used to separate parts of a sentence or a list within a sentence: The editor suggested the use of a comma to highlight the list of words, for example: cat, dog, bird, and fish.

The famous author almost fell into a coma when she discovered that her editor inserted a comma in her essay without asking her permission, thus changing the entire meaning of the piece.

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The comma unit of punctuation marks.
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comma (s) (noun), commas (pl)
A common mark , that is presented as an indication of a separation of ideas or of elements within the structure of a sentence; including, a pause between parts of a sentence or between elements in a list.
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The Comma ,

Consider the comma, most used of all marks.
In back of a word,
You will notice,
It parks
And waits for the reader and tells him or her to pause
Before, let us say,
He or she begins a new clause.

Its head on the line and its tail hanging down,
It looks like a polliwog trailing a noun,
And, having no arms,
There it clings by its chin,
Amidst the fat words looking tiny and thin.

Yet small though it is,
It shows lion-like heart
In keeping two parts of a sentence apart
And helping the reader, down wordways careening,
Get just the right emphasis,
Just the right meaning.

It doesn’t say, "Stop!"
It says, "Caution" or "Slow,"
And this can be very important, you know.

—This poem is compiled from On Your Marks, A Package of Punctuation
by Richard Armour; McGraw-Hill Book Company; New York; 1969; page 15.
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