the cause of death

"Cause of death" is a phrase used by police, doctors, and the government. It means the official reason that someone died. This reason is printed on the dead person's death certificate.

A person's "cause of death" is written by doctors, so it includes a lot of detailed medical terminology. But when people discuss someone's "cause of death" in normal conversation, we talk about things like:

  • heart attack
  • head trauma (getting hit in the head)
  • murder
  • suicide

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