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verb (used with object), stran·gu·lat·ed, stran·gu·lat·ing.
  1. Pathology, Surgery. to compress or constrict (a duct, intestine, vessel, etc.) so as to prevent circulation or suppress function.
  2. to strangle.

Origin of strangulate

1655–65; < Latin strangulātus, past participle of strangulāre to strangle; see -ate1
Related formsstran·gu·la·ble [strang-gyuh-luh-buh l] /ˈstræŋ gyə lə bəl/, adjectivestran·gu·la·tion, nounstran·gu·la·tive, adjectivestran·gu·la·to·ry [strang-gyuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈstræŋ gyə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveun·stran·gu·la·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (tr)
  1. to constrict (a hollow organ, vessel, etc) so as to stop the natural flow of air, blood, etc, through it
  2. another word for strangle
Derived Formsstrangulation, noun

Word Origin for strangulate

C18: from Latin strangulāt-, past participle stem of strangulāre to strangle
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strangulate in Medicine


  1. To strangle.
  2. To compress, constrict, or obstruct a body part so as to cut off the flow of blood or other fluid.
  3. To be or become strangled, compressed, constricted, or obstructed.
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