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[ven-tl-ey-shuh n] /ˌvɛn tlˈeɪ ʃən/
the act of ventilating.
the state of being ventilated.
facilities or equipment for providing ventilation.
Origin of ventilation
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English ventilacioun < Latin ventilātiōn- (stem of ventilātiō), equivalent to ventilāt(us) (see ventilate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
[ven-tl-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈvɛn tl əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
nonventilation, noun
overventilation, noun
reventilation, noun
underventilation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ventilation
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  • So nourishment, cleanliness, and ventilation are the main remedies.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Standing on tiptoe, I glued my eyes to the narrow slit which was our only ventilation.

  • Three small round holes had been pierced into the styles for ventilation.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Except for a barred transom over the door, there was no means of ventilation.

  • All the heat used ought to be concerned in ventilation, and in that only.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
British Dictionary definitions for ventilation


the act or process of ventilating or the state of being ventilated
an installation in a building that provides a supply of fresh air
Derived Forms
ventilative, adjective
ventilatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for ventilation

mid-15c., from Latin ventilationem (nominative ventilatio) "an exposing to the air," noun of action from past participle stem of ventilare (see ventilate).

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ventilation in Medicine

ventilation ven·ti·la·tion (věn'tl-ā'shən)

  1. The replacement of fresh air or gas for stale or noxious air or gas in a space.

  2. See respiration.

  3. Aeration or oxygenation, as of blood.

  4. The verbal expression of feelings or emotions in psychotherapy.

ven'ti·late' v.
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