[ ig-zaws-chuhn ]
/ 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

pre·ex·haus·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for exhaustion


/ (ɪɡˈzɔːstʃən) /


extreme tiredness; fatigue
the condition of being used up; consumptionexhaustion of the earth's resources
the act of exhausting or the state of being exhausted
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Medicine definitions for exhaustion


[ ĭg-zôschən ]


The inability to respond to stimuli; extreme fatigue.
The act or an instance of using up a supply of something.
The extraction of the active constituents of a drug by treating with water, alcohol, or another solvent.
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