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.
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death rattle

n
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′ rat`tle


n.
a sound produced by a person immediately preceding death, resulting from the passage of air through the mucus in the throat.
[1820–30]
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Translations

death rattle

nrantolo
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