asphyxiation

[ as-fik-see-ey-shuhn ]
/ æsˌfɪk siˈeɪ ʃən /

noun

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.
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.

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