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[sang-gwin-l-uh nt] /sæŋˈgwɪn l ənt/
of or relating to blood.
containing or tinged with blood; bloody.
Origin of sanguinolent
1400-50; < Latin sanguinolentus, equivalent to sanguin- stem of sanguis blood + -olentus earlier form of -ulentus -ulent
Related forms
sanguinolency, noun Unabridged
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  • The intestinal contents in such cases were not colorless, but consisted of a sanguinolent, ichorous, putrid fluid.

  • Dysentery is a flux of the bowels with a sanguinolent discharge and excoriation of the intestines.

    Gilbertus Anglicus

    Henry Ebenezer Handerson
  • Diarrhoea is a simple flux of the bowels, without either the sanguinolent discharges or the intestinal excoriation.

    Gilbertus Anglicus

    Henry Ebenezer Handerson
British Dictionary definitions for sanguinolent


containing, tinged with, or mixed with blood
Derived Forms
sanguinolency, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin sanguinolentus, from sanguis blood
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sanguinolent in Medicine

sanguinolent san·guin·o·lent (sāng-gwĭn'ə-lənt)
Mixed or tinged with blood.

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