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.

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for strangulation

Contemporary Examples of strangulation

Historical Examples of strangulation

  • His tongue was cut out, but strangulation preceded the burning alive.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • The face of the dead man was distorted and blackened by the agony of strangulation.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • I was told that occasionally it led to suicide by drowning or strangulation.

    In the Forbidden Land

    Arnold Henry Savage Landor

  • "The death was caused by strangulation," said Mrs. Krill, in hard tones.

    The Opal Serpent

    Fergus Hume

  • Something like strangulation followed the swallowing of the fluid.

    Up The Baltic

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for strangulation


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

strangulation in Medicine




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.




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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