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strangle

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verb stran·gle \ˈstraŋ-gəl\

Medical Definition of strangle

strangled; strangling \-g(ə-)liŋ\play

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to choke to death by compressing the throat with something (as a hand or rope)

  4. 2:  to obstruct seriously or fatally the normal breathing of <the bone wedged in his throat and strangled him>

  5. 1

  6. intransitive verb

  7. :  to become strangled :  undergo a severe interference with breathing

  8. 2:  to die from interference with breathing





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