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[hahy-per-ven-tl-eyt] /ˌhaɪ pərˈvɛn tlˌeɪt/

verb (used without object), hyperventilated, hyperventilating.
to be afflicted with ; breathe abnormally fast and deep.
verb (used with object), hyperventilated, hyperventilating.
to cause (a patient) to breathe more rapidly and deeply than normal.
(intransitive) to breathe in an abnormally deep, long, and rapid manner, sometimes resulting in cramp and dizziness

“breathe deeply and rapidly,” 1931, from hyper- + ventilate. Related: Hyperventilated; hyperventilating.


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