strangulation

noun

stran·​gu·​la·​tion ˌstraŋ-gyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce strangulation (audio)
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

Example Sentences

The cause of death was strangulation.
Recent Examples on the Web She was nearly decapitated from a brutal strangulation, but cause of death turned out to be blunt force trauma to the side of the head. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Nov. 2022 In July, the families of two young girls also sued TikTok after their children, aged 8 and 9, died of self-strangulation while participating in the Blackout Challenge. Angela Yang, NBC News, 26 Oct. 2022 Kerby, on probation for a strangulation and fourth-degree assault conviction in May, is supposed be living in housing designated by the Multnomah County Community Justice Department, court records indicate. oregonlive, 17 Oct. 2022 Some experts, including a surgeon Tucker consulted, consider that unusual in a strangulation case. CBS News, 15 Oct. 2022 For example, strangulation is generally a misdemeanor in Oregon unless it is committed in an act of domestic violence or the victim is under 10 years of age. Hannah Ray Lambert | Fox News, Fox News, 12 Oct. 2022 A few weeks later, her remains were found in Teton County, Wyoming, and a coroner ruled her death a homicide by strangulation. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 3 Nov. 2022 The Teton County coroner ruled her death a homicide by manual strangulation and found blunt force trauma to her head and neck. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 20 Oct. 2022 The two women held a press conference in New York City Thursday, along with serial killer expert and historian Peter Vronsky, to reveal that Cottingham confessed to McGraw and Vronsky the 1970 strangulation of 26-year-old Lorraine McGraw. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 25 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of strangulation was in 1542

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Cite this Entry

“Strangulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strangulation. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

strangulation

noun
stran·​gu·​la·​tion ˌstraŋ-gyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce strangulation (audio)
1
: an act or process of strangling
2
: the state of being strangled

Medical Definition

strangulation

noun
stran·​gu·​la·​tion ˌstraŋ-gyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce strangulation (audio)
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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