Definition of envenomate in English:

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envenomate

Pronunciation: /ənˈvenəˌmāt/

verb

[with object] Zoology & Medicine
(Of a snake, scorpion, spider, or insect) poison by biting or stinging.
Example sentences
  • Viperid snakes strike, envenomate, and release mammalian prey to prevent being harmed by the prey; snakes must then track prey in the process of strike-induced chemosensory searching.
  • ‘It's one of those snakes that, if it bites and envenomates you, you can certainly die,’ he said.
  • The second contact left me sick for 2 weeks, envenomated.

Derivatives

envenomation

Pronunciation: /enˌvenəˈmāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • Local symptoms of nematocyst envenomation from jellyfish stings include burning pain, erythema, edema, urticaria, and bullae formation, all of which can progress to skin necrosis.
  • Immediately life-threatening conditions such as hypotension or shock occur in only about 7 percent of envenomations.
  • For any eastern coral snake bite with possible envenomation, three to five vials of Antivenin should be administered immediately.

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Syllabification: en·ven·o·mate

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