asphyxial

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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.
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