lapse into

lapse into something

to weaken or slip into something, especially a coma. The survivor of the crash lapsed into a coma. Aunt Mary lapsed into unconsciousness and died.
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In other instances, people may suddenly lapse into respiratory arrest and linger in a comatose state for a prolonged period of time causing medical complications, which ultimately lead to death.
Officers should summon an ambulance to the scene of all incidents involving individuals displaying signs of excited delirium in the event that they lapse into sudden cardiac arrest.
President Clinton's ability to turn every ethical lapse into a seemingly winning position is uncanny - and unconscionable.