strangulation

noun
stran·​gu·​la·​tion | \ˌstraŋ-gyə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of strangulation 

1 : the action or process of strangling or strangulating

2 : the state of being strangled or strangulated especially : excessive or pathological constriction or compression of a bodily tube (such as a blood vessel or a loop of intestine) that interrupts its ability to act as a passage

Examples of strangulation in a Sentence

The cause of death was strangulation.

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Prosecutors say Salemme summoned DiSarro to a meeting at the Sharon home shared by his Salemme’s son and ex-wife on May 10, 1993, where the strangulation occurred. Shelley Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "‘We know what happened to Steven Disarro...he was strangled to death,’ prosecutor says at mob trial," 18 June 2018 The bodies were found at various houses, many of them abandoned, and strangulation was ruled as the cause of death in all of them. New York Times, "Indiana Serial Killer Pleads Guilty to Murders of Seven Women," 4 May 2018 The mother stands accused of physical abuse of a child; both are charged with strangulation and suffocation. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dousman parents ripped out daughter's earring, locked her out of house as punishment for disobedience, complaint says," 10 July 2018 That same month, Onfroy was arrested and later charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering. Kyle Swenson, chicagotribune.com, "XXXTentacion: The nasty, brutish and short life of the chart-topping rapper," 20 June 2018 The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports Nill's injuries were consistent with strangulation and not hanging. Fox News, "Authorities say prison inmate found strangled in cell," 26 Apr. 2018 Bascone suffered a brain injury because of the strangulation, leaving her blind and needing lifetime care. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Ex-doctor charged with murder in recent death of woman attacked in 1988," 15 June 2018 He was arrested early Tuesday morning on preliminary charges of battery and strangulation, according to the Orange County (Ind.) Sheriff's Office. USA TODAY, "White nationalist promoter of 'Unite the Right' rally arrested after fight over alleged affair," 14 Mar. 2018 The rapper, 20, was arrested in October 2016 and originally charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness-tampering, according to Pitchfork. Sarah Michaud, PEOPLE.com, "R. Kelly Removed from All Official Spotify Playlists as New Hateful Conduct Policy Takes Effect," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of strangulation

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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strangulation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of strangulation

: the act of killing someone by squeezing the throat : the act of strangling someone

strangulation

noun
stran·​gu·​la·​tion | \ˌstraŋ-gyə-ˈlā-shən \

Medical Definition of strangulation 

1 : the action or process of strangling or strangulating

2 : the state of being strangled or strangulated especially : excessive or pathological constriction or compression of a bodily tube (as a blood vessel or a loop of intestine) that interrupts its ability to act as a passage

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