- to be afflicted with hyperventilation; breathe abnormally fast and deep.
- to cause (a patient) to breathe more rapidly and deeply than normal.
Origin of hyperventilate
First recorded in 1930–35; back formation from hyperventilation
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- (intr) to breathe in an abnormally deep, long, and rapid manner, sometimes resulting in cramp and dizziness
Word Origin and History for hyperventilate
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