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hyperventilate

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verb hy·per·ven·ti·late \ˌhī-pər-ˈven-tə-ˌlāt\

Simple Definition of hyperventilate

  • : to breathe very quickly and deeply

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hyperventilate

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to breathe rapidly and deeply :  undergo hyperventilation

Examples of hyperventilate in a sentence

  1. The boy panicked and began hyperventilating.

  2. <he was so nervous he began hyperventilating, and the extra oxygen made him dizzy>



Did You Know?

Hyperventilating can be a response to fear and anxiety. A test pilot who panics and hyperventilates faces a dangerous situation. When the level of carbon dioxide in your blood goes down and the oxygen level goes up, blood vessels constrict because of the chemical changes and the body can't get enough oxygen (even though it's there in the blood), and the pilot can become lightheaded and may even faint. To guard against this, pilots are taught to control their breathing. On the ground, the usual remedy for hyperventilation is breathing into a paper bag, which raises the level of carbon dioxide and restores normal breathing.

1931

First Known Use of hyperventilate

1931


HYPERVENTILATE Defined for Kids

hyperventilate

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verb hy·per·ven·ti·late \ˌhī-pər-ˈven-tə-ˌlāt\

Definition of hyperventilate for Students

hyperventilated

hyperventilating

  1. :  to breathe very quickly and deeply




Medical Dictionary

hyperventilate

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verb hy·per·ven·ti·late \-ˈvent-əl-ˌāt\

Medical Definition of hyperventilate

hyperventilated

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hyperventilating

  1. intransitive verb

  2. :  to breathe rapidly and deeply :  undergo hyperventilation <some swimmers hyperventilate>

  3. transitive verb

  4. :  to subject to hyperventilation <he hyperventilated his lungs by deep breathing>




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