Definition of asphyxia
- As a patient in hospital I felt both anguish and asphyxia—the anguish of being confronted with dissolution, and asphyxia because I could not be heard.
- —Oliver Sacks
The cause of death was asphyxia.
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medical : the state of not being able to breathe
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to grant as a privilege or special favor
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