Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To drain of blood.
  • intransitive v. To be drained of blood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To kill by means of blood loss.
  • v. To die by means of blood loss.
  • v. To drain a body (living or dead) of blood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render bloodless.

Etymologies

From Latin exsanguinātus, drained of blood : ex-, ex- + sanguis, sanguin-, blood.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Tip: make sure you have a clean towel on the bed to mop up, in case you exsanguinate during the act.

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  • A broadhead to the heart and a person would exsanguinate in seconds, just like the deer.

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  • In summer, biting insects can exsanguinate a mule; in winter, the cold can freeze your eyelids shut.

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  • If the aorta were ruptured the victim would exsanguinate.

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  • Unfortunately, people like this will be holding up traffic for hours while the med techs patently wait for them to exsanguinate.

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  • And that can lead to devastating amounts of blood loss to the point where somebody could actually exsanguinate.

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  • At first the awed and fascinated occupants of Alexander thought it must be blood from a slain whale, then realized that no leviathan could exsanguinate enough to dye the water scarlet as far as the eye could see.

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  • A woman could exsanguinate in ten to fifteen minutes from utenne hemorrhage, but it only took thirty seconds to bleed to death from a hole in the body's biggest artery.

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  • Yes, I have a death wish, my goal is to either get stabbed in the chest by a homeless person for not giving them money or cigarettes, go home and exsanguinate in my bathtub, to get poisoned somehow or to be hit by a car in traffic while walking, go home and die.

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  • The victim would later tell his family that judging from the way the creature had grabbed him during the struggle, it was trying to exsanguinate [drain blood from] him.

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  • To kill or die by means of blood loss.

    May 21, 2008