asphyxia

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noun as·phyx·ia \as-ˈfik-sē-ə, əs-\

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 in a Sentence

  1. The cause of death was asphyxia.

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Origin and Etymology of asphyxia

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


ASPHYXIA Defined for English Language Learners

asphyxia

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Definition of asphyxia for English Language Learners

  • medical : the state of not being able to breathe


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

asphyxial

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