Definition of strangulation in US English:



  • 1The action or state of strangling or being strangled.

    ‘death due to strangulation’
    • ‘If the cause of death had been strangulation or a blow to the head, would you necessarily expect to find DNA evidence in the home?’
    • ‘The homicide charge laid in connection with the strangulation death has been raised to first-degree murder.’
    • ‘‘Such strangulation can cause sufficient brain damage to kill somebody if the blood supply is stopped for a few minutes,’ he said.’
    • ‘The conspiracy angle arose after Gandhi Hospital forensic doctors declared that the actress died due to strangulation and rape.’
    • ‘The batterer may also turn to physical violence - kicking, punching, grabbing, slapping or strangulation, for example.’
    • ‘Infants who cannot yet lift their heads are especially at risk for suffocation and strangulation.’
    • ‘But he added that the same lack of findings meant he also could not rule out other possibilities, such as strangulation, sexual assault or deliberate drowning.’
    • ‘The majority of these deaths resulted from suffocation or strangulation caused by entrapment of the child's head in various structures of the bed.’
    • ‘They can cause strangulation by catching on things.’
    • ‘The reported cause of death was cardiorespiratory arrest caused by asphyxia as a result of strangulation and aspiration of gastric contents.’
    • ‘The cause of death was strangulation although the pathologist could not rule out a smothering by a pillow.’
    • ‘Three fourths of the deaths were caused by entrapment in the bed structure leading to suffocation or strangulation.’
    • ‘Two cases with autopsies were excluded because nonmedical issues were being adjudicated in a workman's compensation case and a medical examiner's case with a diagnosis of strangulation.’
    • ‘A post-mortem examination later found the cause of death was oxygen starvation of the brain due to strangulation.’
    • ‘The cause of death was given as strangulation by ligature.’
    • ‘A post-mortem examination confirmed the cause of death as strangulation.’
    • ‘It is stated that the death of victim had been caused due to strangulation.’
    • ‘She also had asphyxia due to strangulation; the hyoid bone directly under the bruising was fractured.’
    • ‘A pathologist said the cause of death was from strangulation.’
    • ‘A police spokesman said: ‘The death was due to strangulation.’’
  • 2Medicine
    The condition in which circulation of blood to a part of the body (especially a hernia) is cut off by constriction.

    • ‘Operations for complications such as strangulation or perforation, should they occur, are relatively straightforward and have a high success rate.’
    • ‘Prophylactic surgical treatment should be recommended in this situation to avoid a potential catastrophic strangulation of bowel later.’
    • ‘Inguinal hernias in babies and children however do need surgery to prevent strangulation.’
    • ‘The cord complications seen in their study were thrombosis, cord prolapse, umbilical vessel rupture, true knot, and cord encirclement with strangulation.’
    • ‘A second risk is strangulation of the hernia, which occurs when the protruding tissue swells and cuts off the blood supply to the loop of intestine within it.’
    tightening, narrowing, shrinking, squeezing
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