[ as-fik-see-ey-shuhn ]

  1. a lack of oxygen and excess of carbon dioxide in the blood, caused by impaired respiration or insufficient oxygen in the air; suffocation: The cause of death was severe asphyxiation, apparently from smoke inhalation.

  2. the condition of being stifled or suffocated:Peripheral countries, faced with economic asphyxiation, are being forced to sell access to their fishing banks for far less than they are worth.

Origin of asphyxiation


Words Nearby asphyxiation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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