asphyxiation

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noun as·phyx·i·ation \ as-ˌfik-sē-ˈā-shən , əs- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of asphyxiation

:deprivation of oxygen that can result in unconsciousness and often death :an act of asphyxiating a person or animal or a state of asphyxia :suffocation
  • The autopsy showed that the cause of death was asphyxiation.
  • Pliny the Elder did not die of falling pumice, but of asphyxiation, as he breathed noxious fumes from the eruption.
  • —Sidney Perkowitz
  • Asphyxiation at birth caused permanent impairment of his nerve-signaling system …
  • —Ann Geracimos
  • In rats, mice, and rabbits ciguatera poison causes death by asphyxiation.
  • —Kwang-ming Li

First Known Use of asphyxiation

1829



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