death

[ deth ]
/ dɛθ /

noun

Idioms for death

Origin of death

First recorded before 900; Middle English deeth, Old English dēath; cognate with German Tod, Gothic dauthus; akin to Old Norse deyja “to die”; see die1, -th1

OTHER WORDS FROM death

pre·death, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH death

dearth death
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British Dictionary definitions for at death's door

death
/ (dɛθ) /

noun

Other words from death

Related adjectives: fatal, lethal, mortalRelated prefixes: necro-, thanato-

Word Origin for death

Old English dēath; related to Old High German tōd death, Gothic dauthus
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Medical definitions for at death's door

death
[ dĕth ]

n.

The end of life; the permanent cessation of vital bodily functions, as manifested in humans by the loss of heartbeat, the absence of spontaneous breathing, and brain death.
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Scientific definitions for at death's door

death
[ dĕth ]

The end of life of an organism or cell. In humans and animals, death is manifested by the permanent cessation of vital organic functions, including the absence of heartbeat, spontaneous breathing, and brain activity. Cells die as a result of external injury or by an orderly, programmed series of self-destructive events known as apoptosis. The most common causes of death for humans in well-developed countries are cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, certain chronic diseases such as diabetes and emphysema, lung infections, and accidents. See also brain death.
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Idioms and Phrases with at death's door (1 of 2)

at death's door

On the point of dying, very ill, as in Whenever she had a bad cold she acted as though she were at death's door. The association of death with an entry way was first made in English in the late 1300s, and the phrase itself dates from the mid-1500s. Today it is often used as an exaggeration of ill health.

Idioms and Phrases with at death's door (2 of 2)

death

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