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 : 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 in a sentence
We won 27–24 in sudden death.
a serious heart condition that can result in sudden death
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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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