crib death


variants US crib death or British cot death
: death of a baby while sleeping that occurs for no known reason : sudden infant death syndrome
… in the conditions of early modern Europe, crib death was all too real. Simon Schama

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The niece had lost an infant daughter to crib death and was distraught, so Ms. Dussourd took custody of the boys. New York Times, 3 June 2019 The American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2016 advice that babies should sleep in the same room as their parents, in a separate bed, for 6 to 12 months, to guard against crib death, can make sleeping harder for all. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, 28 Aug. 2018 With the help of a volunteer scientist, Gibbs and her community uncovered higher-than-average rates of miscarriage, stillbirth, and crib deaths. Daniela Blei, The Cut, 23 Apr. 2018 Genetics may make some babies more vulnerable to SIDS or 'crib death' » March 23rd is National Puppy Day. Alan Mozes,, 3 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crib death was in 1944

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“Crib death.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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