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hyperventilate Line breaks: hyper|ven¦ti¦late
Pronunciation: /hʌɪpəˈvɛntɪleɪt/

Definition of hyperventilate in English:


1Breathe or cause to breathe at an abnormally rapid rate, so increasing the rate of loss of carbon dioxide: [no object]: she started to hyperventilate under stress [with object]: the patients were hyperventilated for two minutes
More example sentences
  • In times of extreme stress, people may shake uncontrollably, hyperventilate (breathe faster and deeper than normal) or even vomit.
  • Subjects may hyperventilate for several minutes before diving to increase underwater time.
  • These changes contribute to the high anion gap that hyperventilating patients may demonstrate, as observed initially in this patient.
2 [no object] Be or become overexcited: the President was hyperventilating about a minor newspaper story



Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪpəvɛntɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • And it would cause the hyperventilation to go away.
  • Also required are mantras that can pace inhalations and exhalations, so as not to give the impression of hyperventilation.
  • My wife, Erin, translated what I was trying to say through grunts, screams, and hyperventilation, into words.

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