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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First Known Use of sudden death

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sudden death.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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