from The Century Dictionary.

  • In pathology, compressed so as to suppress the function of a part: as, a hernia is said to be strangulated when it is so compressed as to obstruct the circulation in the part and cause dangerous symptoms.
  • In botany, contracted and expanded in an irregular manner.
  • In entomology, constricted; much narrowed: especially noting the thorax or abdomen when constricted in one or more places, as in many ants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Med.) Having the circulation stopped by compression; attended with arrest or obstruction of circulation, caused by constriction or compression.
  • adjective (Bot.) Contracted at irregular intervals, if tied with a ligature; constricted.
  • adjective (Med.) See under Hernia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of strangulate.


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