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sudden death

noun

Simple Definition of sudden death

  • sports : a period of extra play that is added when teams or players are tied at the end of normal play and that ends as soon as one team or player scores a point or gains the lead

  • medical : quick and unexpected death from any cause other than violence

Full Definition of sudden death

  1. 1 :  unexpected death that is instantaneous or occurs within minutes from any cause other than violence <sudden death following coronary occlusion>

  2. 2 :  extra play to break a tie in a sports contest in which the first to score or gain the lead wins

Examples of sudden death

  1. We won 27–24 in sudden death.

  2. a serious heart condition that can result in sudden death



14th Century

First Known Use of sudden death

14th century


Medical Dictionary

sudden death

noun

Medical Definition of sudden death

  1. :  unexpected death that is instantaneous or occurs within minutes or hours from any cause other than violence <sudden death following coronary occlusion>; especially :  sudden cardiac death




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