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.
Origin and Etymology of asphyxia
New Latin, from Greek, stopping of the pulse, from a- + sphyzein to throb
First Known Use: 1778
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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