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

First Known Use of death rattle

1781


DEATH RATTLE Defined for English Language Learners

death rattle

noun

Definition of death rattle for English Language Learners

  • : a sound that is sometimes heard coming from a dying person's throat or chest


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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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