ag·​o·​nal | \ ˈa-gə-nᵊl How to pronounce agonal (audio) \

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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First Known Use of agonal

1878 , in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for agonal

agony + -al entry 1

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ag·​o·​nal | \ ˈag-ən-ᵊl How to pronounce agonal (audio) \

Medical Definition of agonal

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

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