vegetative state According to wiki the term vegetative state was coined in 1972 due to our (then) new found ability to maintain a person 'alive' while in a coma. The common vernacular is refer to a person as a vegetable. However, the british refer to it as coma vigil (I think)? My question is, does the vegetative refer to vigil? How is vegetative, vegetable and vigil related etymologically?