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      • manner of death The fashion or circumstances that result in death, which are designated either natural or unnatural. Unnatural deaths are designated as accidental, homicidal, suicidal, or, in absence of a determination based on the balance of probabilities of the manner of death, undetermined. Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc.
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  2. manner of death The fashion or circumstances that result in death, which are designated either natural or unnatural. Unnatural deaths are designated as accidental, homicidal, suicidal, or, in absence of a determination based on the balance of probabilities of the manner of death, undetermined.

  3. Manner of death: A simple system for classifying deaths based in large part on the presence or absence of intent to harm, and the presence or absence of violence, the purpose of which is to guide vital statistics nosologists to the correct external causation code in the International Classification of Disease.

  4. In many legal jurisdictions, the manner of death is a determination, typically made by the coroner, medical examiner, police, or similar officials, and recorded as a vital statistic. Within the United States and the United Kingdom, a distinction is made between the cause of death (sometimes referred to as the "mechanism of death"), which is a specific disease or injury, versus manner of death, which is primarily a legal determination.

  5. The state of being strangled or strangulated. 2. Medicine Constriction of a body part so as to cut off the flow of blood or another fluid: strangulation of the intestine. American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.

  6. "Death by natural causes" is sometimes used as a euphemism for "dying of old age", which is considered problematic as a cause of death (as opposed to a specific age-related disease); there are also many non-age-related causes of "natural" death, for legal manner-of-death purposes.

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