agonal

adjective ag·o·nal \ ˈa-gə-nᵊl \

Definition of agonal

1 : marked by or characteristic of agony
  • They could hear agonal groans coming from inside, and were sure that someone was still alive and was calling for help.
  • —Lawrence Wright
2 : of, relating to, or associated with the act of dying : occurring just before death
  • In the agonal stage, death comes from hemorrhage and shock.
  • —Richard Preston
  • Kennedy had a very weak pulse and was experiencing what's called agonal breathing, labored, gasping, the body's final attempts to sustain life.
  • —Deanna Watson

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agonal

adjective ag·o·nal \ ˈag-ən-ᵊl \

medical Definition of agonal

: of, relating to, or associated with agony and especially the death agony
  • chemical changes in the blood during the agonal state
  • Journal of the American Medical Association

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