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hyperventilate Syllabification: hy·per·ven·ti·late
Pronunciation: /ˌhīpərˈven(t)əˌlāt/

Definition of hyperventilate in English:


[no object]
1Breathe or cause to breathe at an abnormally rapid rate, so increasing the rate of loss of carbon dioxide.
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 [with object] Be or become overexcited: it was one less thing to hyperventilate about
2.1 (as adjective hyperventilated) Inflated or pretentious in style; overblown: hyperventilated prose


Pronunciation: /ˌhīpərˌven(t)əˈlāSH(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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