Asphyxiation



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.
Contemporary Examples

The cause of death may have been asphyxiation, but more tests were needed and will possibly take weeks.
Tiona Rodriguez Charged After Dead Fetus Found in Bag at Victoria’s Secret Michael Daly October 19, 2013

“The cause of death was put at asphyxiation due to hanging,” said a spokeswoman for the Westchester County Medical Examiner.
Mary Kennedy’s Last Days: Distress From RFK Divorce, New Girlfriend Michael Daly May 17, 2012

Later, forensic exams found a near-fatal dose of heroin in her stomach but determined that the cause of death was asphyxiation.
Russia’s Magician Murders Anna Nemtsova March 1, 2013

Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall said Tuesday that the cause of death was asphyxiation due to strangulation.
The Copycat Killer Mom Harriet McLeod August 16, 2010

The victims, all men, died of asphyxiation during the perilous journey from the coast of North Africa to Sicily.
Italy: Migrants Dying en Masse Barbie Latza Nadeau July 6, 2014

Historical Examples

If oil is poured upon the water it can get no air and death by asphyxiation follows.
The Panama Canal Frederic Jennings Haskin

He says that the weight of evidence points positively to asphyxiation.
The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve

This accords with the statement which has been made that asphyxiation of the inhabitants preceded the burning of the city.
Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror Richard Linthicum

I know the agony of asphyxiation, because I have dangled at the end of a rope.
A Black Adonis Linn Boyd Porter

The man rescued from drowning or from asphyxiation has felt no pain.
Bidwell’s Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison Austin Biron Bidwell

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

1866, noun of action from asphyxiate (v.).
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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