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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How to use asphyxiation in a sentence
The machine will then fill with nitrogen gas, causing the occupant to pass out in less than a minute and die by asphyxiation in around five.The Download: AI’s life-and-death decisions, and plant-based steak | Rhiannon Williams | October 13, 2022 | MIT Technology Review
Its occupant will pass out in less than a minute and die by asphyxiation in around five.The messy morality of letting AI make life-and-death decisions | Will Douglas Heaven | October 13, 2022 | MIT Technology Review
Instead, Floyd suffered positional asphyxiation and died on the scene.Derek Chauvin’s Guilty and So Is the Whole Damn System | Goldie Taylor | April 20, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Wards had been transformed, in the words of one epidemiologist, into “chambers of asphyxiation.”The Amazonian city that hatched the Brazil variant has been crushed by it | Terrence McCoy, Heloísa Traiano | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
The deputies pinned Saylor to the ground, and he died of asphyxiation.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities | Elizabeth Picciuto | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The victims, all men, died of asphyxiation during the perilous journey from the coast of North Africa to Sicily.
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 | Michael Daly | October 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Christine Pelisek | September 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Later, forensic exams found a near-fatal dose of heroin in her stomach but determined that the cause of death was asphyxiation.
Skin respiration would account for the extreme resistance to asphyxiation in Amblyopsis and Typhlogobius.
She sinks, her arms are raised like those of a victim; she sinks overcome, done to death or worse in some horrible asphyxiation.A Mere Accident | George Moore
I grew dizzy with semi-asphyxiation, and my heart thumped until it seemed surely it would burst the canvas that bound me.The Jacket (The Star-Rover) | Jack London
The circulation of the blood is seriously interfered with and death follows with the usual symptoms of asphyxiation.
It causes mental, moral and spiritual asphyxiation, and sometimes death—death to energy, death to tissue and death to all growth.Happiness as Found in Forethought Minus Fearthought | Horace Fletcher