sudden death


Definition of sudden death

1 : unexpected death that is instantaneous or occurs within minutes from any cause other than violence sudden death following coronary occlusion
2 : extra play to break a tie in a sports contest in which the first to score or gain the lead wins

Examples of sudden death in a Sentence

We won 27–24 in sudden death. a serious heart condition that can result in sudden death
Recent Examples on the Web Mayer, often while choking up, reiterated that his expression of grief was just a drop in the overall well of sadness that so many who loved Saget and who were loved by Saget were feeling after his sudden death at the age of 65 of Sunday. NBC News, 13 Jan. 2022 Tributes to Bob Saget continue to pour in following his sudden death at age 65 on Sunday. Vanessa Etienne,, 10 Jan. 2022 Schmidt served as mayor for six years until his sudden death in 2015. Jennifer Johnson,, 4 Jan. 2022 Her sudden death was confirmed by her agency and on her official website which removed all other content and replaced it with a notice. Patrick Frater, Variety, 19 Dec. 2021 This seemed significant: Other calmodulin variants were associated with severe cardiac disorders and sudden death in infancy. Oscar Schwartz, Wired, 9 Dec. 2021 And now, in the wake of his sudden death this week at age 64, many who knew him are telling one another how much his work mattered to them. Rj Smith, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2021 Chris Daughtry is mourning the loss of his daughter Hannah, 25, after her sudden death. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2021 Basquiat’s work is having a renaissance more than three decades after his sudden death at age 27. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of sudden death

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2022

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“Sudden death.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of sudden death

: a period of extra play that is added when teams or players are tied at the end of normal play and that ends as soon as one team or player scores a point or gains the lead
: quick and unexpected death from any cause other than violence

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Medical Definition of sudden death

: unexpected death that is instantaneous or occurs within minutes or hours from any cause other than violence sudden death following coronary occlusion especially : sudden cardiac death

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