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asphyxiate

[as-fik-see-eyt] /æsˈfɪk siˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), asphyxiated, asphyxiating.
1.
to produce asphyxia in.
2.
to cause to die or lose consciousness by impairing normal breathing, as by gas or other noxious agents; choke; suffocate; smother.
verb (used without object), asphyxiated, asphyxiating.
3.
to become asphyxiated.
Origin of asphyxiate
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; asphyxi(a) + -ate1
Related forms
asphyxiation, noun
asphyxiator, noun
Can be confused
asphyxia, asphyxiation.
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Examples from the Web for asphyxiate
Historical Examples
  • "To shoot—or poison—or asphyxiate," expounded Glure, warming to his theme.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • Its fumes, being heavier than air, penetrate the burrows and promptly poison or asphyxiate all living animals and fleas.

    Plague Thomas Wright Jackson
  • A tablespoonful poured on a cow-chip and rolled down a dog hole will asphyxiate the entire family.

    Bat Wing Bowles Dane Coolidge
  • Compression of the vagus nerve may slow the child's pulse and asphyxiate it through lack of oxygen in the blood.

  • When version has been done haste may compress the head in the tight cervix and asphyxiate the child.

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for asphyxiate

asphyxiate

/æsˈfɪksɪˌeɪt/
verb
1.
to cause asphyxia in or undergo asphyxia; smother; suffocate
Derived Forms
asphyxiation, noun
asphyxiator, noun
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Word Origin and History for asphyxiate
v.

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

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asphyxiate in Medicine

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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