Definition of life-threatening in English:



  • (especially of an illness or injury) potentially fatal.

    ‘cancer is not the only life-threatening condition’
    • ‘In a fall at Huntingdon he sustained a life-threatening injury to his kidney and was forced out of the saddle for three months.’
    • ‘His injuries were not life-threatening but he was kept in to recover.’
    • ‘Scores of people remain hospitalised, some of them with life-threatening injuries.’
    • ‘The shooting victim did not suffer life-threatening injuries and has now been released from hospital.’
    • ‘He suffered injuries to his arms and legs during an attack which resulted in life-threatening injuries.’
    • ‘He is in a stable condition and his injuries are not life-threatening.’
    • ‘And it may seem trivial compared to some of the life-threatening illnesses we could develop.’
    • ‘This can cause delays in ambulance crews attending patients who may have life-threatening injuries.’
    • ‘In many cases victims can suffer severe and sometimes life-threatening injuries.’
    • ‘Nine days later the leg had to be amputated because of a life-threatening infection and damage to the nerves and arteries.’
    • ‘He had a life-threatening illness at 22, so he thought more carefully about what he wanted from life.’
    • ‘She was taken to hospital with hypothermia, with what were first thought to be life-threatening injuries.’
    • ‘Each one had a story to tell of a friend or relative who had been affected by some life-threatening illness.’
    • ‘The basic fact may nowhere be as true as when we are tested by a life-threatening illness.’
    • ‘Here, we have a life-threatening illness for which we have no cure or medical vaccine.’
    • ‘And it's not just those suffering from life-threatening illness who are offered such help.’
    • ‘They have been asked to keep an eye out for symptoms of the potentially life-threatening disease in their children.’
    • ‘It is when body energy is exhausted that hypothermia becomes potentially life-threatening.’
    • ‘The man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries - a deep wound to his side had punctured a lung.’
    • ‘A police spokesman confirmed that none of the injuries were life-threatening.’
    fatal, deadly, mortal, causing death, death-dealing, murderous, homicidal, killing, terminal, final, incurable
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