- to produce asphyxia 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.
Origin of asphyxiate
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Examples from the Web for asphyxiation
The deputies pinned Saylor to the ground, and he died of asphyxiation.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
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The victims, all men, died of asphyxiation during the perilous journey from the coast of North Africa to Sicily.Italy: Migrants Dying en Masse
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July 7, 2014
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
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However, the coroner did not rule out gunshot wounds, or asphyxiation as the likely cause of his demise.Autopsies on Hannah Anderson’s Family Bring Police No Closer to a Motive
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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
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This, beyond doubt, contributed to her death, but the direct cause was asphyxiation.The Yellow Claw
The man rescued from drowning or from asphyxiation has felt no pain.Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison
Austin Biron Bidwell
No wonder the coroner says it is simply a case of asphyxiation.
He says that the weight of evidence points positively to asphyxiation.
I know the agony of asphyxiation, because I have dangled at the end of a rope.A Black Adonis
Linn Boyd Porter
- to cause asphyxia in or undergo asphyxia; smother; suffocate
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Word Origin and History for asphyxiation
1866, noun of action from asphyxiate (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To induce asphyxia.
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