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

The Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton, who dealt with the sudden death of his Marlins teammate Jose Fernandez during the 2016 season, posted a long message to the Angels on Instagram, offering advice for coping with such a loss. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "Tyler Skaggs, Angels Pitcher, Found Dead at 27," 1 July 2019 After the sudden death of Lisa Vanderpump's mother, filming of Vanderpump Rules has been put on hold, according to Page Six. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Vanderpump Rules Filming Put On Hold After Death Of Lisa Vanderpump's Mother," 20 June 2019 Two months later, on July 16 2015, Moore was blindsided by the sudden death of his father. Daniel Bien-aime, The Courier-Journal, "For Louisville sprinter Martice Moore, obstacles filled his path to NCAA title contender," 5 June 2019 In addition, the sudden death of James' father last month also led to talks being put on hold to allow the young forward time to deal with the bereavement., "Manchester United Close in on Daniel James Signing Amid Pressure From Monaco," 4 June 2019 Casey Affleck stars as a man paralyzed by an unspeakable trauma, who has to step up and take care of his teenage nephew after the sudden death of his brother. Emma Dibdin And Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "16 Amazon Prime Video Movies to Stream on Your Next Lazy Night In," 21 May 2019 The Gladiator also is the first launch under new Fiat Chrysler chief Mike Manley, who shepherded the project as head of the Jeep and Ram truck divisions before being tapped to succeed Sergio Marchionne after the former CEO’s sudden death in July. Chester Dawson, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler Unveils Jeep-Branded Pickup Truck," 28 Nov. 2018 Some of these complications can cause sudden death, as with cardiac arrest or suicide, or take a slower path, as with bone loss that results in a hip fracture that leads to a downward health spiral. Carrie Dennett, Washington Post, "The overlooked crisis of eating disorders among middle-aged women," 17 June 2019 The reason for her move is a tragic one: the sudden death of her mother, Mara (Lynn Adrianna). Ariana Romero,, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Trinkets Recap," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of sudden death

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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