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death rattle

noun

: a sound that is sometimes heard coming from a dying person's throat or chest

Full Definition of DEATH RATTLE

:  a rattling or gurgling sound produced by air passing through mucus in the lungs and air passages of a dying person

First Known Use of DEATH RATTLE

1822

Rhymes with DEATH RATTLE

death rattle

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DEATH RATTLE

:  a rattling or gurgling sound produced by air passing through mucus in the lungs and air passages of a dying person

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