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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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  • From the exhaustion that followed excess of feeling, she slept.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Truly then his plea of exhaustion would not be without excuse!

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • When at length he won to peace, after ten years, it was the peace of exhaustion.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • No languor, no dull headache, no exhaustion, follows your experience.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • Her look of weakness and exhaustion did indeed strike him painfully.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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