death rattle

noun

Definition of death rattle

: a rattling or gurgling sound produced by air passing through mucus in the lungs and air passages of a dying person

Examples of death rattle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crean won’t be bothered with that world anymore, and his words after Georgia’s final loss of the season sounded like a death rattle. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 10 Mar. 2022 No one knows if a dying person finds the death rattle disturbing or distressing, as no one can pretend to know with certainty the inner subjective experience of anyone too ill to express it. Ira Bedzow, STAT, 26 Oct. 2021 After a fourth blow, a plume of black smoke rose from the machine thirty feet into the air in a final death rattle. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of death rattle

1781, in the meaning defined above

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“Death rattle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/death%20rattle. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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death rattle

noun

Medical Definition of death rattle

: a rattling or gurgling sound produced by air passing through mucus in the lungs and air passages of a dying person

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