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death rattle

noun
1.
a sound produced by a person immediately preceding death, resulting from the passage of air through the mucus in the throat.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30
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death rattle

noun
1.
a low-pitched gurgling sound sometimes made by a dying person, caused by air passing through an accumulation of mucus in the trachea
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death-rattle in Medicine

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.

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