noun (used with a singular verb) Veterinary Pathology.
distemper1 ( def 1b ).

1590–1600; obsolete strangle act of strangling + -s3 Unabridged


verb (used with object), strangled, strangling.
to kill by squeezing the throat in order to compress the windpipe and prevent the intake of air, as with the hands or a tightly drawn cord.
to kill by stopping the breath in any manner; choke; stifle; suffocate.
to prevent the continuance, growth, rise, or action of; suppress: Censorship strangles a free press.
verb (used without object), strangled, strangling.
to be choked, stifled, or suffocated.

1250–1300; Middle English strangelen < Old French estrangler < Latin strangulāre < Greek strangalân, derivative of strangálē halter, akin to strangós twisted

strangler, noun
stranglingly, adverb
unstrangled, adjective

1. garrote, throttle, choke. 2. smother. 3. check, repress, gag, muzzle. Unabridged
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strangle (ˈstræŋɡəl)
1.  (tr) to kill by compressing the windpipe; throttle
2.  (tr) to prevent or inhibit the growth or development of: to strangle originality
3.  (tr) to suppress (an utterance) by or as if by swallowing suddenly: to strangle a cry
[C13: via Old French, ultimately from Greek strangalē a halter]

strangles (ˈstræŋɡəlz)
(functioning as singular) Also called: equine distemper an acute bacterial disease of horses caused by infection with Streptococcus equi, characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, resulting in abscesses and a nasal discharge
[C18: from strangle]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. estrangler, from L. strangulare "to choke, stifle, check, constrain," from Gk. strangalan "choke, twist," from strangale "a halter, cord, lace," related to strangos "twisted," from PIE base *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain).
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strangle stran·gle (strāng'gəl)
v. stran·gled, stran·gling, stran·gles
To compress the trachea so as to prevent sufficient passage of air; suffocate.

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horse disease caused by Streptococcus equi, a bacterium that invades nasal and throat passages and forms abscesses in lymph nodes and other parts of the body. It is also called distemper of horses. Young horses are most susceptible to it, and outbreaks of the disease usually occur where a number of horses are stabled. Mortality is low. Treatment includes complete rest and antibiotic therapy. Isolation of infected animals and rigid sanitation of quarters help reduce the spread of the disease. Vaccines are available, although they may reduce the severity rather than prevent occurrence of the disease.

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Example sentences
It catches the animal, often by the neck, and either holds it or strangles it.
So the end result is that consolidation strangles innovation.
Misinformation about strangles has been encountered during outbreak
Biannual vaccination will reduce the incidence of strangles.
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