|lack of oxygen in the blood due to restricted respiration; suffocation. If severe enough and prolonged, it causes death|
|[C18: from New Latin, from Greek asphuxia a stopping of the pulse, from |
|asphyxia (ās-fĭk'sē-ə) Pronunciation Key
A condition characterized by an extreme decrease in the amount of oxygen in the body accompanied by an increase of carbon dioxide, caused by an an inability to breathe. Asphyxia usually results in loss of consciousness and sometimes death.