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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Authorities said the bodies showed signs of strangulation and tape was found on their wrists. Fox News, "A year later, no charges in killing of Marine vet, girlfriend in Belize," 29 May 2018 A month after her disappearance in January of 1999, Lee's body was found partially buried in Leakin Park, the cause of death manual strangulation. refinery29.com, "The True Crime Behind Serial Is Getting The HBO Treatment," 16 May 2018 Her injuries, CBC News adds, were fatal and the result of strangulation. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "A Facebook Selfie Helped Police Solve a 3-Year-Old Murder," 21 Jan. 2018 Her body was found in a sugar-cane field with signs of strangulation and rape. Pamela Constable, The Seattle Times, "Deadly rape of young girl is spurring abuse victims in Pakistan to speak out," 20 Jan. 2018 This causes the sheets to come off the corners of mattress, which increases the risk of infant strangulation and suffocation. Good Housekeeping, "The History of the Good Housekeeping Institute," 31 Oct. 2015 Along with kidnapping and strangulation, Dukes was charged with second-degree threatening, third-degree assault, second degree breach of peace and risk of injury to a child. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "CCSU Head Of Student Conduct Charged With Kidnapping, Strangulation," 30 Apr. 2018 The medical examiner ruled Hernandez, 24, died from strangulation and chest compression. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Prosecutors to retry ex-deputy's husband in fatal confrontation outside Denny's," 26 June 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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