sudden death

noun
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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

  1. We won 27–24 in sudden death.

  2. a serious heart condition that can result in sudden death

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First Known Use of sudden death

14th century


SUDDEN DEATH Defined for English Language Learners

sudden death

noun

Definition of sudden death for English Language Learners

  • sports : 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

  • medical : quick and unexpected death from any cause other than violence


Medical Dictionary

sudden death

noun

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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