Definition of asphyxiate
: 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.
: to become asphyxiated … ended in several deaths, including that of a … secretary who asphyxiated during a smoke bombing. — Robert I. Friedman
asphyxiationplay \-ˌfik-sē-ˈā-shən\ noun
Recent Examples of asphyxiate from the Web
According to the medical examiner, Pinkney was fatally asphyxiated, police said.
In our latest episode, according to CNN, the airplane apparently tried to asphyxiate its pilots.
The stepfather of a 13-year-old girl found dead on the side of an Arizona road is accused of asphyxiating the girl to death.
The deceased — a 4-month-old boy with multiple old and fresh breaks in his ribs — clearly had been asphyxiated, Downs said.
Both bastions of table-side service, that restaurant and Otto's source their birds from the same supplier in Challans, France, bred for their blood content and asphyxiated at eight months old to make sure none of it escapes.
Slowly, the region’s economy is being asphyxiated by the criminal groups.
Over a span of at least six hours on June 24, 2005, the killer asphyxiated Adrienne Heredia, 29, as well as three of her children: 13-year-old Andreas Crawford, 12-year-old Enrique Bedoya and 9-year-old Inez Newman.
It had been doused with lighter fluid and set on fire, and an autopsy determined that she was asphyxiated.
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ASPHYXIATE Defined for Kids
Definition of asphyxiate for Students
: 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 Definition of asphyxiate
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