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
First Known Use of sudden death
SUDDEN DEATH Defined for English Language Learners
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 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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