[ eks-sang-gwuh-neyt ]
/ ɛksˈsæŋ gwəˌneɪt /

verb (used with object), ex·san·gui·nat·ed, ex·san·gui·nat·ing.

to drain of blood; make bloodless.

verb (used without object), ex·san·gui·nat·ed, ex·san·gui·nat·ing.

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

Related forms

ex·san·gui·na·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for exsanguinate


/ (ɪkˈsæŋɡwɪneɪt) /


(tr) rare to drain the blood from

Derived Forms

exsanguination, noun

Word Origin for exsanguinate

C19: from Latin exsanguināre
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Medicine definitions for exsanguinate


[ ĕks-sănggwə-nāt′ ]


To deprive of or drain of blood.

Related forms

ex•san′gui•nation n.
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