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drown

play
verb \ˈdrau̇n\

Medical Definition of drown

drowned \ˈdrau̇nd\play drowning \ˈdrau̇-niŋ\play

  1. 1

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to suffocate in water or some other liquid

  4. 2:  to suffocate because of excess of body fluid that interferes with the passage of oxygen from the lungs to the body tissues (as in pulmonary edema)

  5. transitive verb

  6. :  to suffocate by submersion especially in water <drowned three kittens>





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