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Definition of Asphyxiation

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suffocation; act of choking; being unable to breathe
Asphyxiation Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The act of causing asphyxia; a state of asphyxia.
  
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asphyxiation
\as*phyx`i*a"tion\ (&?;), n. the act of causing asphyxia; a state of asphyxia.

WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. the condition of being derprived of oxygen (as by having breathing stopped)
(synonym) suffocation
(hypernym) hypoxia
(derivation) suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate, choke
2. killing by depriving of oxygen
(synonym) suffocation
(hypernym) killing, kill, putting to death
(hyponym) choking, strangling, strangulation, throttling
(derivation) suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate
Asphyxiation Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Asphyxia or asphyxiation (from Greek α- "without" and σφύξις sphyxis, "heartbeat") is a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body that arises from abnormal breathing. An example of asphyxia is choking. Asphyxia causes generalized hypoxia, which primarily affects the tissues and organs. There are many circumstances that can induce asphyxia, all of which are characterized by an inability of an individual to acquire sufficient oxygen through breathing for an extended period of time. These circumstances can include but are not limited to: the constriction or obstruction of airways, such as from asthma, laryngospasm, or simple blockage from the presence of foreign materials; from being in environments where oxygen is not readily accessible: such as underwater, in a low oxygen atmosphere, or in a vacuum; environments where sufficiently oxygenated air is present, but cannot be adequately breathed because of air contamination such as excessive smoke. Asphyxia can cause coma or death.

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Asphyxiation Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Medicine (Shahram)
noun
being prevented from breathing