- to drain of blood; make bloodless.
- to bleed to death.
Origin of exsanguinate
- (tr) rare to drain the blood from
Word Origin for exsanguinate
1849, from Latin exsanguinatus "bloodless," past participle of exsanguinare, from ex- "out" (see ex-) + sanguinem (nominative sanguis) "blood" (see sanguinary). Related: Exsanguinated; exsanguinating; exsanguination. As an adjective, exsanguine "bloodless" is attested from mid-17c. in literal and figurative use.
- To deprive of or drain of blood.