- the extreme condition caused by lack of oxygen and excess of carbon dioxide in the blood, produced by interference with respiration or insufficient oxygen in the air; suffocation.
Origin of asphyxia
Examples from the Web for asphyxia
Homicidal violence including blunt force injury, sharp force injury, asphyxia, and gunshot wounds cannot be excluded.Autopsies on Hannah Anderson’s Family Bring Police No Closer to a Motive
September 24, 2013
But the asphyxia was not caused by escaping illuminating-gas.The Silent Bullet
Arthur B. Reeve
As one tells us, "such a death is frightful, it is the asphyxia of the soul!"
How the devil are you to get your fellow out of that state of asphyxia?Olla Podrida
Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
In the case of asphyxia, people often fail to effect their object.Bouvard and Pcuchet
The convulsions do not depend on asphyxia, and with a small dose may be absent.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
- lack of oxygen in the blood due to restricted respiration; suffocation. If severe enough and prolonged, it causes death
Word Origin and History for asphyxia
1706, "stoppage of pulse," from Modern Latin, from Greek asphyxia "stopping of the pulse," from a- "not" (see a- (3)) + sphyzein "to throb." The current sense of "suffocation" is from 1778, but it is a "curious infelicity of etymology" [OED] because victims of suffocation have a pulse for some time after breathing has stopped.
- A condition in which an extreme decrease in the amount of oxygen in the body accompanied by an increase of carbon dioxide leads to loss of consciousness or death.
- A condition characterized by an extreme decrease in the amount of oxygen in the body accompanied by an increase of carbon dioxide, caused by an an inability to breathe. Asphyxia usually results in loss of consciousness and sometimes death.