[ strang-gyuh-leyt ]
/ ˈstræŋ gyəˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), stran·gu·lat·ed, stran·gu·lat·ing.

Pathology, Surgery. to compress or constrict (a duct, intestine, vessel, etc.) so as to prevent circulation or suppress function.

Nearby words

  1. strangle,
  2. strangled,
  3. stranglehold,
  4. strangler,
  5. strangles,
  6. strangulated hernia,
  7. strangulation,
  8. strangury,
  9. stranraer,
  10. strap

Origin of strangulate

1655–65; < Latin strangulātus, past participle of strangulāre to strangle; see -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for strangulation


/ (ˈstræŋɡjʊˌleɪt) /

verb (tr)

to constrict (a hollow organ, vessel, etc) so as to stop the natural flow of air, blood, etc, through it
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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Word Origin and History for strangulation



1540s, from Latin strangulationem (nominative strangulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of strangulare (see strangle).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for strangulation


[ străng′gyə-lāshən ]


The act of strangling or strangulating.
The state of being strangled or strangulated.
Constriction of a body part so as to cut off the flow of blood or another fluid.


[ strănggyə-lāt′ ]


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

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