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sudden death

noun

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

First Known Use of SUDDEN DEATH

14th century

sudden death

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SUDDEN DEATH

:  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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