[ vur-muh-neyt ]
/ ˈvɜr məˌneɪt /

verb (used without object), ver·mi·nat·ed, ver·mi·nat·ing.

to become infested with vermin, especially parasitic vermin.
Archaic. to breed or infest with vermin.

Origin of verminate

1685–95; < Latin verminātus, past participle of vermināre to be infested with maggots, to have racking pains, equivalent to vermin(a) racking pain + -ātus -ate1; dual sense of vermināre by association with vermis worm, maggot, vermin- being taken, perhaps erroneously, as an extended stem of this word

Related forms

ver·mi·na·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for vermination


/ (ˌvɜːmɪˈneɪʃən) /


the spreading of or infestation with vermin

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Medicine definitions for vermination


[ vûr′mə-nāshən ]


The production or breeding of worms or larvae.
Infestation by vermin, especially parasitic vermin.

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