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asphyxiant

[as-fik-see-uh nt] /æsˈfɪk si ənt/
adjective
1.
asphyxiating or tending to asphyxiate.
noun
2.
an asphyxiating agent or substance.
3.
an asphyxiating condition.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; asphyxi(ate) + -ant
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Examples from the web for asphyxiant
  • Methane is also an asphyxiant and may displace oxygen in an enclosed space.
  • Toxic and asphyxiant gases can be created by welding operations, combustion, and blasting.
  • Arsine is a simple asphyxiant and a severe systemic toxicant.
  • Acts as a simple asphyxiant or weak anesthetic in high vapor concentrations.
  • May act as an asphyxiant or slight anesthetic at high vapor concentrations.
  • The fire environment may also produce a wide range of chemical agents, including irritant and asphyxiant gases and other toxins.
  • In high vapor concentrations, can act as simple asphyxiant.
  • Ethane is an asphyxiant and presents a significant health hazard by displacing the oxygen in the atmosphere.
British Dictionary definitions for asphyxiant

asphyxiant

/æsˈfɪksɪənt/
adjective
1.
causing asphyxia
noun
2.
anything that causes asphyxia: carbon monoxide is an asphyxiant
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asphyxiant in Medicine

asphyxiant as·phyx·i·ant (ās-fĭk'sē-ənt)
adj.
Inducing or tending to induce asphyxia. n.
A substance, such as a toxic gas, or an event, such as drowning, that induces asphyxia.

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