One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Breathe or cause to breathe at an abnormally rapid rate, so increasing the rate of loss of carbon dioxide.
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- ‘I recognised him and tried to say something but just ended up shuddering and gasping breaths, hyperventilating.’
- ‘To find out if you over-breathe or hyperventilate the device includes a procedure for measuring your volume of lung ventilation.’
- ‘Her mouth moved opened and closed with each breath, coming in such rapid fire that she was sure she would hyperventilate any second.’
- ‘The subject was then switched to a rebreathing bag and was asked to stop hyperventilating.’
- ‘This will cause a certain subset of the population to begin hyperventilating and breathing into paper bags.’
- ‘He then began to hyperventilate and allegedly fainted and hit the car in front of him.’
- ‘This compensation is usually excellent, as most asthmatics hyperventilate during an episode of wheezing with dyspnea.’
- ‘These changes contribute to the high anion gap that hyperventilating patients may demonstrate, as observed initially in this patient.’
- ‘I crawled away and knelt on the deck, trying to slow my breathing before I hyperventilated.’
- ‘Her breathing sounded more like hyperventilating as she paced back and forth.’
- ‘I'm going to start hyperventilating any minute now.’
- ‘In times of extreme stress, people may shake uncontrollably, hyperventilate (breathe faster and deeper than normal) or even vomit.’
- ‘So does that mean you become light headed and silly, or faint, as you would if you hyperventilated at sea level?’
- ‘She began vomiting, hyperventilating, and convulsing.’
- ‘Patients can reproduce these spells by hyperventilating in a controlled environment.’
- ‘She immediately began panicking, hyperventilating into her breath mask as she floated in the water tank, pushing against the glass walls.’
- ‘I started to hyperventilate and couldn't breathe.’
- ‘It's the silly, hyperventilating category of ‘pre-hypertension’ that we're ignoring.’
- ‘Taking deep breaths she began to hyperventilate, but in a more discreet way.’
- ‘Subjects may hyperventilate for several minutes before diving to increase underwater time.’
2with object Be or become overexcited.‘it was one less thing to hyperventilate about’
- 2.1as adjective hyperventilated Inflated or pretentious in style; overblown.‘hyperventilated prose’
- 2.1as adjective hyperventilated Inflated or pretentious in style; overblown.
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