Asphyxiate



to produce in.
to cause to die or lose consciousness by impairing normal breathing, as by gas or other noxious agents; choke; suffocate; smother.
to become asphyxiated.
Historical Examples

A tablespoonful poured on a cow-chip and rolled down a dog hole will asphyxiate the entire family.
Bat Wing Bowles Dane Coolidge

“To shoot—or poison—or asphyxiate,” expounded Glure, warming to his theme.
Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune

When version has been done haste may compress the head in the tight cervix and asphyxiate the child.
The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation Austin O’Malley

Its fumes, being heavier than air, penetrate the burrows and promptly poison or asphyxiate all living animals and fleas.
Plague Thomas Wright Jackson

Compression of the vagus nerve may slow the child’s pulse and asphyxiate it through lack of oxygen in the blood.
The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation Austin O’Malley

It would be difficult to asphyxiate any one in the open air without leaving any mark of strangulation.
The Place of Dragons William Le Queux

verb
to cause asphyxia in or undergo asphyxia; smother; suffocate
v.

1818, “to suffocate” (someone or something), from asphyxia + -ate (2). Related: Asphyxiated; asphyxiating.

asphyxiate as·phyx·i·ate (ās-fĭk’sē-āt’)
v. as·phyx·i·at·ed, as·phyx·i·at·ing, as·phyx·i·ates
To induce asphyxia.
as·phyx’i·a’tion n.

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