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A human skull, widely used as a symbol of death and decomposition

Death is the termination of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include biological aging (senescence), predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, homicide, starvation, dehydration, and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. Death of humans has commonly been considered a sad or unpleasant occasion, due to the termination of bonds with or affection for the being that has died, or having fear of death, necrophobia, anxiety, sorrow, grief, emotional pain, depression, sympathy, compassion, solitude, or saudade.


Death sections
Intro   Etymology    Associated terms    Senescence   [[Death?section=_{{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}}_Signs_of_biological_death_| {{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}} Signs of biological death ]]   Diagnosis    Cause    Cryonics    Life extension    Location    Society and culture    Death and consciousness    In biology    See also    References    Further reading    External links   

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