[ as-fik-see-eyt ]
/ æsˈfɪk siˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), as·phyx·i·at·ed, as·phyx·i·at·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), as·phyx·i·at·ed, as·phyx·i·at·ing.

to become asphyxiated.

Origin of asphyxiate

First recorded in 1830–40; asphyxi(a) + -ate1

Related forms

as·phyx·i·a·tion, nounas·phyx·i·a·tor, noun

Can be confused

asphyxia asphyxiation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for asphyxiator


/ (æsˈfɪksɪˌeɪt) /


to cause asphyxia in or undergo asphyxia; smother; suffocate

Derived Forms

asphyxiation, nounasphyxiator, noun
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Medicine definitions for asphyxiator


[ ăs-fĭksē-āt′ ]


To induce asphyxia.

Related forms

as•phyx′i•ation n.
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