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durable power of attorney

du·ra·ble pow·er of at·tor·ney

/ˈd(y)o͝orəbəlˈpou(-ə)r əv əˈtərnē/

Noun

Like children, an adult can also have a legal guardian appointed by a court to make medical decisions on his behalf. This guardian has a durable power of attorney over the medical care of a patient who otherwise does not have the ability to make decisions related to that care.