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[ig-zaws-chuh n] /ɪgˈzɔs tʃən/
the act or process of exhausting.
the state of being exhausted.
extreme weakness or fatigue.
the total consumption of something:
the exhaustion of your vacation benefits for the year.
Origin of exhaustion
First recorded in 1640-50, exhaustion is from the New Latin word exhaustiōn- (stem of exhaustiō). See exhaust, -ion
Related forms
preexhaustion, noun
3. weariness, lassitude. Unabridged
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  • As it was, all lay down on the snow, and from exhaustion were soon asleep.

  • They both hung on securely to the lifebuoy, and felt little or no exhaustion.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • In the cab she drooped against him with a simplicity of exhaustion that was full, too, of content.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • We had done half the distance when Indaba-zimbi fell from exhaustion.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • While he was tired and muscle-sore at the close of the drill, others were on the point of exhaustion.

British Dictionary definitions for exhaustion


extreme tiredness; fatigue
the condition of being used up; consumption: exhaustion of the earth's resources
the act of exhausting or the state of being exhausted
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Word Origin and History for exhaustion

"fatigue," 1640s, noun of action from exhaust in sense of "drawing off" of strength.

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exhaustion in Medicine

exhaustion ex·haus·tion (ĭg-zôs'chən)

  1. The inability to respond to stimuli; extreme fatigue.

  2. The act or an instance of using up a supply of something.

  3. The extraction of the active constituents of a drug by treating with water, alcohol, or another solvent.

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