Definition of overventilate in English:

overventilate

verb

Physiology Medicine
  • 1with object To cause overventilation of; to provide excessive artificial ventilation to.

  • 2no object To hyperventilate or overbreathe, especially so as to cause hypocapnia and other physiological abnormalities.

Origin

Early 20th century. From over- + ventilate. Compare slightly earlier overventilation.

Pronunciation

overventilate

/ˌəʊvəˈvɛntɪleɪt/