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

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Mike Manley took over at the Italian-American car maker in July following the sudden death of longtime chief Sergio Marchionne. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Fiat Shares Slide as Car Maker Struggles in Post-Marchionne Era," 7 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, Lala will be dealing with the sudden death of her father, and James seems to have one of his crying fits that is almost certainly due to him getting fired from his DJ gig at SUR…again. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The First Look at Vanderpump Rules Season 7 Is Here—and It's a Wild Ride," 31 Oct. 2018 He's also said to have mulled his exit after the sudden death of longtime friend Craig Zadan in August, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, to step down, reports say," 22 Sep. 2018 There’s a scene in the 2016 documentary One More Time With Feeling in which Nick Cave addresses the sudden death of his 15-year-old son Arthur. John P. Darcy, Vogue, "The Year We Left New York," 27 Dec. 2018 The news of Taylor's sudden death broke back in January while the star was abroad the Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas cruise. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "'Storm Chasers' star Joel Taylor died of ecstasy overdose," 22 June 2018 Boston police are investigating a body found Tuesday evening in Franklin Park as a case of sudden death, a spokesman said. Danny Mcdonald And Alana Levene,, "Body found in Franklin Park, police say," 19 June 2018 The idea for the study came after Tseng was researching the genetics of sudden death and found that the medical literature seemed to have an imprecise definition of sudden cardiac death. Kimberly Veklerov,, "Deaths often misclassified as cardiac arrest, UCSF study finds," 18 June 2018 This new work promises to be all about the beech tree, which Wright studied for years before her sudden death in 2016. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019: 19 Picks You Should Have on Your Reading List," 1 Jan. 2019

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sudden death

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

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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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