exsanguination

noun

ex·​san·​gui·​na·​tion (ˌ)ek(s)-ˌsaŋ-gwə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce exsanguination (audio)
: the action or process of draining or losing blood
exsanguinate transitive verb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The event produced 320,000 Olympic-size swimming pools’ worth of lava in just three months - and the speedy exsanguination of the volcano’s shallow magma reservoir caused its summit to collapse dramatically. Robin George Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Dec. 2022 Her attacker inflicted so many wounds — many of them 5 inches deep — that Kupfer died from exsanguination, according to the autopsy. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Don’t those guys deserve a little painful exsanguination? Kyle Smith, National Review, 1 Apr. 2022 The official cause of death was listed as exsanguination and avulsion of the right internal thoracic artery, Schuck said in a media release obtained by the Indy Star. Naledi Ushe, PEOPLE.com, 7 July 2021 The black flies that Dr. Currie studies have reputedly killed large mammals when swarming them (perhaps by shock rather than what is delicately referred to as exsanguination). James Gorman, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2019 Both children died of exsanguination — a process that takes minutes, not seconds. Maureen O’connor, The Cut, 18 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin exsanguinatus drained of blood, from ex- + sanguin-, sanguis blood

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exsanguination was circa 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Exsanguination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exsanguination. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

exsanguination

noun
ex·​san·​gui·​na·​tion (ˌ)ek(s)-ˌsaŋ-gwə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce exsanguination (audio)
: the action or process of draining or losing blood
exsanguinate transitive verb
exsanguinated; exsanguinating

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