death rattle


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death rattle

n.
A gurgling or rattling sound sometimes made in the throat of a dying person, caused by loss of the cough reflex and passage of the breath through accumulating mucus.

death rattle

a sound produced by air moving through mucus that has accumulated in the throat of a dying person who has lost the cough reflex. It is often accompanied by agonal respiration.
A sound characteristic of end-stage lung disease—e.g., terminal lung cancer or pulmonary oedema—that occurs when the clearance of large airway secretions becomes nearly impossible; as air moves to and fro in the bronchi, the sound acquires a gurgling or rattling quality, often presaging death

death rattle

A sound characteristic of end-stage lung disease–eg, terminal lung CA or pulmonary edema, that occurs when the clearance of large airway secretions becomes nearly impossible; as air moves to and fro in the bronchi, the sound acquires a gurgling or rattling quality, often presaging death. Cf Medicine rattle.

death rat·tle

(deth rat'ĕl)
A respiratory noise from the pharynx or trachea of a dying person, caused by the loss of the cough reflex and accumulation of mucus.

death rattle

A gurgling or rattling sound caused by the passage of air through accumulated mucus and saliva in the throat of a dying person, too weak to cough or clear the throat.
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