strangulation

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

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 following year, she was charged with domestic violence strangulation/suffocation, unlawful imprisonment, abuse and neglect, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "East Alabama woman charged - again - with elder abuse and neglect," 26 Nov. 2019 Anton died of strangulation asphyxiation during a robbery of her home, according to police. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "American Teacher Is Found Bound and Strangled in Dominican Republic Home, and 6 Men Are Arrested," 19 Nov. 2019 While Panek remained in custody on the burglary allegation and unrelated felony charges in two other counties, subsequent information helped investigators link Williamson to Bergeson’s strangulation, sources told The Oregonian/OregonLive. oregonlive.com, "Man accused of murder in 2009 killing of federal public defender Nancy Bergeson attends settlement conference," 22 Jan. 2019 Some marks on his body were more consistent with strangulation than hanging, it was said. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’," 13 Nov. 2019 Lopez Doriga reports Anton died of strangulation asphyxiation during a robbery of her home. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "American Teacher Is Found Bound, Gagged and Strangled in Her Dominican Republic Home," 13 Nov. 2019 The acting medical examiner ruled strangulation the cause of death and ordered the shipment of Anton's body to the National Institute of Forensic Pathology in Santiago. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "American teacher found strangled to death at her home in Dominican Republic," 13 Nov. 2019 Levin’s strangulation also serves as an eerie prequel of sorts to the attack on the Central Park jogger in 1989 and the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson in 1994. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "In resisting the allure of a killer’s good looks, ‘Preppy Murder’ series restores some dignity to his victim," 11 Nov. 2019 He was booked at Metro Corrections Thursday on a fourth-degree assault charge and a first-degree strangulation charge. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Man tells Louisville police he strangled his fiancee to calm her down," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of strangulation

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Dec 2019

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“Strangulation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strangulations. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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strangulation

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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 How to pronounce strangulation (audio) \

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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