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 formsex·san·gui·na·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for exsanguination



(tr) rare to drain the blood from
Derived Formsexsanguination, noun

Word Origin for exsanguinate

C19: from Latin exsanguināre
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Word Origin and History for exsanguination



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.

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Medicine definitions for exsanguination




To deprive of or drain of blood.
Related formsex•san′gui•nation n.
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