en·​ven·​om·​ation in-ˌve-nə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce envenomation (audio)
: an act or instance of poisoning by venom (as of a snake or spider)
envenomate transitive verb

Examples of envenomation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An envenomation reaction is not a histamine reaction. The Arizona Republic, 23 Mar. 2024 Without prompt treatment, severe envenomation can lead to death within hours to days. The Arizona Republic, 23 Mar. 2024 Even when the antibody was delayed for 20 minutes after envenomation, the mice lived. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Mar. 2024 The rarity of Gila monster envenomation and low fatality rate may contribute to the lack of antivenom. Scott Travers, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Snakebite envenomation is one of the deadliest tropical diseases. Lauren Gravitz, Scientific American, 19 Sep. 2023 While both coral snakes and pit vipers live in the United States, the vast majority of envenomation bites are from pit vipers such as rattlesnake. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 Given the content of neurotoxins in the snake’s venom, the mortality of envenomation reaches 100% in almost every case if ventilation is not provided in a timely manner and adequate therapy initiated. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 25 Jan. 2016 The authors conclude that the effects of the snake bites were probably due to the placebo effect, and that this could explain other reports of recreational snake envenomation too. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 9 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of envenomation was in 1902

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“Envenomation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envenomation. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


en·​ven·​om·​ation in-ˌven-ə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce envenomation (audio)
: an act or instance of impregnating with a venom (as of a snake or spider)
envenomate transitive verb
envenomated; envenomating
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