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asphyxia

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noun as·phyx·ia \as-ˈfik-sē-ə, əs-\

Simple Definition of asphyxia

  • medical : the state of not being able to breathe

Full Definition of asphyxia

  1. :  a lack of oxygen or excess of carbon dioxide in the body that results in unconsciousness and often death and is usually caused by interruption of breathing or inadequate oxygen supply

Examples of asphyxia

  1. The cause of death was asphyxia.



Origin of asphyxia

New Latin, from Greek, stopping of the pulse, from a- + sphyzein to throb


First Known Use: 1778

Rhymes with asphyxia


Medical Dictionary

asphyxia

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noun as·phyx·ia \as-ˈfik-sē-ə, əs-\

Medical Definition of asphyxia

  1. :  a lack of oxygen or excess of carbon dioxide in the body that is usually caused by interruption of breathing and that causes unconsciousness—compare suffocation

  2. as·phyx·i·al \-sē-əl\play adjective





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