[ as-fik-see-uh ]
/ æsˈfɪk si ə /
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
Related formsas·phyx·i·al, adjective
Can be confusedasphyxia asphyxiation
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Examples from the Web for asphyxial
The second stage is termed the stage of collapse or the algide or asphyxial stage.
He was in the asphyxial stage, all animation suspended, no beat of pulse, apparently dead.The Wolf Cub|Patrick Casey
British Dictionary definitions for asphyxial
/ (æsˈfɪksɪə) /
lack of oxygen in the blood due to restricted respiration; suffocation. If severe enough and prolonged, it causes death
Derived Formsasphyxial, adjective
Word Origin for asphyxia
C18: from New Latin, from Greek asphuxia a stopping of the pulse, from a- 1 + sphuxis pulse, from sphuzein to throb
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Medicine definitions for asphyxial
[ ăs-fĭk′sē-ə ]
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.
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Science definitions for asphyxial
[ ăs-fĭk′sē-ə ]
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.
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