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in-custody death syndrome

in-custody death syndrome
 n.— «A condition known as “excited delirium,” sometimes also referred to as “in-custody death syndrome,” has been attributed by some US and Canadian coroners to a number of deaths in custody, especially in the case of persons on drugs or suffering from psychosis. It is a combination of signs and symptoms, including dangerously elevated body temperature levels, leading to sudden death. The theory relating to such a syndrome is controversial and disputed by some medical experts.» —“Canada: Excessive and lethal force?” Amnesty International Nov. 30, 2004. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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