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[strang-gyuh-leyt] /ˈstræŋ gyəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), strangulated, strangulating.
Pathology, Surgery. to compress or constrict (a duct, intestine, vessel, etc.) so as to prevent circulation or suppress function.
to strangle.
Origin of strangulate
1655-65; < Latin strangulātus, past participle of strangulāre to strangle; see -ate1
Related forms
[strang-gyuh-luh-buh l] /ˈstræŋ gyə lə bəl/ (Show IPA),
strangulation, noun
strangulative, adjective
[strang-gyuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈstræŋ gyə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
unstrangulable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for strangulation
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  • His tongue was cut out, but strangulation preceded the burning alive.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The face of the dead man was distorted and blackened by the agony of strangulation.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • I was told that occasionally it led to suicide by drowning or strangulation.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • "The death was caused by strangulation," said Mrs. Krill, in hard tones.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • Something like strangulation followed the swallowing of the fluid.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • They might as well form a society for the strangulation of all babies.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
British Dictionary definitions for strangulation


verb (transitive)
to constrict (a hollow organ, vessel, etc) so as to stop the natural flow of air, blood, etc, through it
another word for strangle
Derived Forms
strangulation, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin strangulāt-, past participle stem of strangulāre to strangle
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Word Origin and History for strangulation

1540s, from Latin strangulationem (nominative strangulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of strangulare (see strangle).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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strangulation in Medicine

strangulation stran·gu·la·tion (strāng'gyə-lā'shən)

  1. The act of strangling or strangulating.

  2. The state of being strangled or strangulated.

  3. Constriction of a body part so as to cut off the flow of blood or another fluid.

strangulate stran·gu·late (strāng'gyə-lāt')
v. stran·gu·lat·ed, stran·gu·lat·ing, stran·gu·lates

  1. To strangle.

  2. To compress, constrict, or obstruct a body part so as to cut off the flow of blood or other fluid.

  3. To be or become strangled, compressed, constricted, or obstructed.

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