asphyxiate

verb as·phyx·i·ate \ -sē-ˌāt \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of asphyxiate

asphyxiated; asphyxiating
transitive verb
:to cause asphyxia in :to kill, suspend animation in, or make unconscious through want of adequate oxygen, presence of noxious agents, or other obstruction to normal breathing
  • The murder victim was asphyxiated.
intransitive verb
:to become asphyxiated
  • … ended in several deaths, including that of a … secretary who asphyxiated during a smoke bombing.
  • —Robert I. Friedman

asphyxiation

play \as-ˌfik-sē-ˈā-shən, əs-\ noun

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ASPHYXIATE Defined for Kids

asphyxiate

verb as·phyx·i·ate \ as-ˈfik-sē-ˌāt \

Definition of asphyxiate for Students

asphyxiated; asphyxiating
:to cause (as a person) to become unconscious or die by cutting off the normal taking in of oxygen whether by blocking breathing or by replacing the oxygen of the air with another gas

Medical Dictionary

asphyxiate

verb as·phyx·i·ate \ -sē-ˌāt \

medical Definition of asphyxiate

asphyxiated; asphyxiating
transitive verb
:to cause asphyxia in; also :to kill or make unconscious through inadequate oxygen, presence of noxious agents, or other obstruction to normal breathing
intransitive verb
:to become asphyxiated

asphyxiation

play \-ˌfik-sē-ˈā-shən\ noun

asphyxiator

play \-ˈfik-sē-ˌāt-ər\ noun


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