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BREATH, med. juris. The air expelled from the chest at each expiration.
     2. Breathing, though a usual sign of life, is not conclusive that a child was wholly born alive, as breathing may take place before the whole delivery of the mother is complete. 5 Carr. & Payn, 329; S. C. 24 E. C. L. R. 344. Vide Birth; Life; Infanticide.

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He stretched himself and yawned, cast one more glance across the moonlit plain, and then stood suddenly still, stiffened into an attitude of breathless interest.
"Once she had missed it and turned it away, any mongrel could take it," Ilagin was saying at the same time, breathless from his gallop and his excitement.
The grand woman, who in the old stage days had held thousands breathless over the mimic woes of the scene, stood there grander than ever, in her own woe, and held the three people who looked at her breathless till she spoke again.
The latter pressed on after the horse, but the snow lay so deep and his coats were so heavy that, sinking above his knees at each step, he stopped breathless after taking not more than twenty steps.
In breathless wonder, Alban heard of the doubt which had crossed Doctor Allday's mind, on the evening when Mirabel had called at his house.
no, if I would, may I--" Here he subjoined several dreadful imprecations, which Sophia at last interrupted, and begged to know what he meant by the news.--He was going to answer, when Mrs Honour came running into the room, all pale and breathless, and cried out, "Madam, we are all undone, all ruined, they are come, they are come!" These words almost froze up the blood of Sophia; but Mrs Fitzpatrick asked Honour who were come?--"Who?" answered she, "why, the French; several hundred thousands of them are landed, and we shall be all murdered and ravished."
At last, after despairing, breathless screaming, and vain sucking, things went right, and mother and child felt simultaneously soothed, and both subsided into calm.
Summary: Baltal (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], July 23 (ANI): Continuing with its helping hand to Amarnath pilgrims, ITBP personnel on Tuesday administered oxygen to over 161 people who were feeling breathless on the Baltal axis.
Donna Harris was so breathless she was unable to move and could barely speak after falling ill as she prepared to take daughter Kirsty Hughes, seven, to school.
The situation is also taking its toll on Pollard, who becomes breathless while trying to broker a truce between the pair.
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'Yesterday around 04 AM in the morning he felt unwell and breathless, requested guards to open cell door as he choked,' tweeted Dr Adnan Khan after visiting the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo at the Kot Lakhpat Jail.