hyperventilation

noun
hy·​per·​ven·​ti·​la·​tion | \ ˌhī-pər-ˌven-tə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce hyperventilation (audio) \

Definition of hyperventilation

: excessive rate and depth of respiration leading to abnormal loss of carbon dioxide from the blood

Examples of hyperventilation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coping is equal parts distraction — Squirrel! — militant adherence to public health protocols — hyperventilation and/or deep cleansing breaths while reciting the 3rd Step Prayer — and living in the m.o.m.e.n.t. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "With grit, ingenuity and humor, San Diegans cope with the fatigue of a seemingly endless pandemic," 26 Nov. 2020 Many were comatose, and those who were conscious had bouts of nausea, vomiting, and hyperventilation. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Tainted sanitizers and bootleg booze are poisoning people," 19 Aug. 2020 The aspirin regimen suggested by national authorities was enough to increase the amount of fluid in lungs and cause hyperventilation. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "In 1918, a deadly outbreak of influenza reached Anchorage. Here’s how Alaskans responded," 19 Apr. 2020 The first is controlled hyperventilation, in which the participant performs 30 cycles of breathing. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Is the Wim Hof Method and Extreme Cold Therapy?," 25 Jan. 2020 The autophobe dreads seclusion to the point of hyperventilation; the eremophobe fears isolation to the point of nausea, sweating, dizziness, even fainting. Sarah Fay, Longreads, "On Solitude (and Isolation and Loneliness [and Brackets])," 17 Mar. 2020 The cold water can also lead to hyperventilation, which increases your chances of drowning. Popular Science, "Everything you need to know before playing on that frozen pond," 8 Jan. 2020 The cold water can also lead to hyperventilation, which increases your chances of drowning. Popular Science, "Everything you need to know before playing on that frozen pond," 8 Jan. 2020 This is repeated at a steady pace thirty times, creating similar tingling sensations or light-headedness to hyperventilation. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Is the Wim Hof Method and Extreme Cold Therapy?," 25 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of hyperventilation

1928, in the meaning defined above

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9 Dec 2020

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“Hyperventilation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperventilation. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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hyperventilation

noun
hy·​per·​ven·​ti·​la·​tion | \ -ˌvent-ᵊl-ˈā-shən How to pronounce hyperventilation (audio) \

Medical Definition of hyperventilation

: excessive ventilation specifically : excessive rate and depth of respiration leading to abnormal loss of carbon dioxide from the blood

called also overventilation

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