[ ven-tl-ey-shuhn ]
/ ˌvɛn tlˈeɪ ʃən /
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the act of ventilating.
the state of being ventilated.
facilities or equipment for providing ventilation.



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Origin of ventilation

1425–75; late Middle English ventilacioun<Latin ventilātiōn- (stem of ventilātiō), equivalent to ventilāt(us) (see ventilate) + -iōn--ion

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British Dictionary definitions for ventilation

/ (ˌvɛntɪˈleɪʃən) /


the act or process of ventilating or the state of being ventilated
an installation in a building that provides a supply of fresh air

Derived forms of ventilation

ventilative, adjectiveventilatory, adjective
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Medical definitions for ventilation

[ vĕn′tl-āshən ]


The replacement of fresh air or gas for stale or noxious air or gas in a space.
Aeration or oxygenation, as of blood.
The verbal expression of feelings or emotions in psychotherapy.

Other words from ventilation

venti•late′ v.
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