Definition of cot death in English:

cot death

noun

British
  • The unexplained death of a baby in its sleep:

    ‘cot deaths in England and Wales have dropped for the third year in succession’
    [mass noun] ‘the risk of cot death could be greatly reduced’
    • ‘She lost her baby to cot death, but because of this, the lives of thousands of other babies have been saved by her relentless campaigning.’
    • ‘The money raised went some way to reducing the number of babies who die from cot death.’
    • ‘It doubles the chances of a baby suffering cot death.’
    • ‘In various different ways he says that previous admissions to hospital are relevant to the consideration as to whether it is a cot death or a deliberate killing.’
    • ‘After retirement he continued his studies into cot death and was sought after for expert legal advice.’
    • ‘A thorough investigation into the cause of death is carried out after a cot death.’
    • ‘A family who lost a 13-week-old baby to cot death made an urgent appeal today for cash to pay for new research into the condition.’
    • ‘She could find no natural explanation and would not have signed this as a cot death.’
    • ‘The appeal judges accepted that statistics relating to cot death had been handled inappropriately.’
    • ‘He is expected vigorously to contest the case, which centres upon claims he should have known there is a substantially increased risk of a second cot death after a first.’
    • ‘Now re-housed, the couple said the cot death of their baby had changed their lives, but had also brought them closer together.’
    • ‘There was a suicide, a cot death, a man who had died of stomach cancer and a couple of heart attack victims.’
    • ‘There it is estimated that the chances of a randomly chosen baby dying a cot death are 1 in 1,303.’
    • ‘In the meanwhile we had one case which we had thought was a cot death.’
    • ‘Conversely, some years ago I was deeply moved by the testimony of a friend whose only child suffered a cot death.’
    • ‘A mum who lost her four-week-old baby to cot death is organising a fundraising event on what would have been his first birthday.’
    • ‘She had subsequently told her grandmother what she had seen, but was not believed because it was thought to be a cot death.’
    • ‘This programme provides support for families with children born after a cot death.’
    • ‘They may also have experienced a cot death in the family.’
    • ‘Infants sleeping face down were more likely to suffer a cot death.’

Pronunciation:

cot death

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