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asphyxiate

[as-fik-see-eyt] /æsˈfɪk siˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), asphyxiated, asphyxiating.
1.
to produce asphyxia in.
2.
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), asphyxiated, asphyxiating.
3.
to become asphyxiated.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; asphyxi(a) + -ate1
Related forms
asphyxiation, noun
asphyxiator, noun
Can be confused
asphyxia, asphyxiation.
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  • Three people inside died from asphyxiation and four others were badly injured.
  • Some studies suggest that prisoners are sometimes inadequately sedated, and perhaps die in silent agony from asphyxiation.
  • Three of the children died of asphyxiation at the scene, one was pronounced dead at a hospital and the fifth died today.
  • Those who died suffered from asphyxiation and heatstroke, health officials here said.
  • Autopsies of seventeen victims showed that they had died from asphyxiation by inhaled ash.
  • Without the signals, the muscles go slack, leading to asphyxiation.
  • Severe asphyxiation can be rapidly life-threatening.
  • It is those caught in a deflation trap with fixed exchange rates that face slow asphyxiation, and deeper social damage.
  • Medical reports revealed that he had not died from asphyxiation.
  • Three-quarters of avalanche fatalities are caused by asphyxiation.
British Dictionary definitions for asphyxiation

asphyxiate

/æsˈfɪksɪˌeɪt/
verb
1.
to cause asphyxia in or undergo asphyxia; smother; suffocate
Derived Forms
asphyxiation, noun
asphyxiator, noun
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Word Origin and History for asphyxiation
n.

1866, noun of action from asphyxiate (v.).

asphyxiate

v.

1818, "to suffocate" (someone or something), from asphyxia + -ate (2). Related: Asphyxiated; asphyxiating.

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asphyxiation in Medicine

asphyxiate as·phyx·i·ate (ās-fĭk'sē-āt')
v. as·phyx·i·at·ed, as·phyx·i·at·ing, as·phyx·i·ates
To induce asphyxia.


as·phyx'i·a'tion n.
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