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[eks-sang-gwuh-neyt] /ɛksˈsæŋ gwəˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), exsanguinated, exsanguinating.
to drain of blood; make bloodless.
verb (used without object), exsanguinated, exsanguinating.
to bleed to death.
Origin of exsanguinate
1790-1800; < Late Latin exsanguinātus bloodless, deprived of blood (past participle of exsanguināre), equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + sanguin- (stem of sanguis blood; see sanguine) + -ātus -ate1
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exsanguination, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for exsanguination


(transitive) (rare) to drain the blood from
Derived Forms
exsanguination, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin exsanguināre
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Word Origin and History for exsanguination



1849, from Latin exsanguinatus "bloodless," past participle of exsanguinare, from ex- "out" (see ex-) + sanguinem (nominative sanguis) "blood" (see sanguinary). Related: Exsanguinated; exsanguinating; exsanguination. As an adjective, exsanguine "bloodless" is attested from mid-17c. in literal and figurative use.

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exsanguination in Medicine

exsanguinate ex·san·gui·nate (ěks-sāng'gwə-nāt')
v. ex·san·gui·nat·ed, ex·san·gui·nat·ing, ex·san·gui·nates
To deprive of or drain of blood.

ex·san'gui·na'tion n.
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