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[sang-gwin-l-uh nt]
  1. of or relating to blood.
  2. containing or tinged with blood; bloody.
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Origin of sanguinolent

1400–50; < Latin sanguinolentus, equivalent to sanguin- stem of sanguis blood + -olentus earlier form of -ulentus -ulent
Related formssan·guin·o·len·cy, noun
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Examples from the Web for sanguinolent

Historical Examples

  • The intestinal contents in such cases were not colorless, but consisted of a sanguinolent, ichorous, putrid fluid.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 458, October 11, 1884


  • Dysentery is a flux of the bowels with a sanguinolent discharge and excoriation of the intestines.

    Gilbertus Anglicus

    Henry Ebenezer Handerson

  • Diarrhoea is a simple flux of the bowels, without either the sanguinolent discharges or the intestinal excoriation.

    Gilbertus Anglicus

    Henry Ebenezer Handerson

British Dictionary definitions for sanguinolent


  1. containing, tinged with, or mixed with blood
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Derived Formssanguinolency, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin sanguinolentus, from sanguis blood
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sanguinolent in Medicine


  1. Mixed or tinged with blood.
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