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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Man arrested in ex-Playboy model's strangulation death in Pennsylvania home. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump suspends US-South Korea war games; Public pays final respects to McCain," 30 Aug. 2018 The North Carolina Office of Chief Medical Examiner issued a report Friday saying 59-year-old William Bishop died from oxygen deprivation to the brain due to strangulation. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "Developer’s mysterious dog-leash death ruled a homicide," 23 July 2018 The crib should be at least an adult’s arm length away from other furniture, shelves and windows to avoid injuries such as strangulation from window dressings. Rebeca Kimsey Markovich, M.d., miamiherald, "Tips for keeping babies safe while they're sleeping," 2 July 2018 After Dockery left, the woman called Hamden police, who charged Dockery with assault, disorderly conduct and second-degree strangulation. David Owens, courant.com, "Former Correction Officer, Army Reservist Avoids Prison For Stealing From State," 26 June 2018 Hickman was arrested two days later on charges including felony assault by strangulation. Fox News, "Records tied to ex-officers beating of black man subpoenaed," 4 Apr. 2018 Following a search of Farnsworth's home on West 20th 1/2 Street, he was arrested and charged with second-degree kidnapping, assault on a female and assault by strangulation. charlotteobserver, "Man accused of beating girlfriend for hours, keeping her 'prisoner' for days," 25 June 2018 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

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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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