Definition of asphyxia
: 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 in a Sentence
The cause of death was asphyxia.
Recent Examples of asphyxia from the Web
A man who disappeared while swimming at Lakeshore Marina in Slidell on Friday (May 19) died of asphyxia by drowning and had no signs of trauma or illness, the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office reported.
After an autopsy, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office established the cause of death as accidental by traumatic asphyxia, or, suffocation due to crushing, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Autopsy findings showed the girl sustained a possible dislocation of vertebrae in her neck and died of asphyxia due to suffocation, which was complicated by blunt force trauma to the head.
A subsequent investigation by Milford police and the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office showed the cause of death was position/compression asphyxia.
Diamond Turner, who lived on the same block where she was found, died from asphyxia and blunt-force head trauma in a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Other risks include suffocation, asphyxia, entrapment, falls, and strangulation.
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Origin and Etymology of asphyxia
New Latin, from Greek, stopping of the pulse, from a- + sphyzein to throb
First Known Use: 1683See Words from the same year
ASPHYXIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of asphyxia for English Language Learners
medical : the state of not being able to breathe
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