Asphyxia As*phyx"i*a, Asphyxy As*phyx"y, n. [NL. asphyxia, fr. Gr. ?; 'a priv. + ? to throb, beat.] (Med.) Apparent death, or suspended animation; the condition which results from interruption of respiration, as in suffocation or drowning, or the inhalation of poisonous or irrespirable gases. [1913 Webster]

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  • asphyxia — 1706, stoppage of pulse, from Modern Latin, from Gk. asphyxia stopping of the pulse, from a not + sphyzein to throb. The current sense of suffocation is from 1778, but it is a curious infelicity of etymology [OED] since victims of suffocation… …   Etymology dictionary

  • asphyxia — [as fik′sē ə] n. [ModL < Gr, stopping of the pulse < a , not + sphyzein, to throb] loss of consciousness as a result of too little oxygen and too much carbon dioxide in the blood: suffocation causes asphyxia …   English World dictionary

  • asphyxia — ► NOUN ▪ a condition caused by the body being deprived of oxygen, leading to unconsciousness or death. DERIVATIVES asphyxiant adjective & noun. ORIGIN Greek asphuxia, from a without + sphuxis pulse …   English terms dictionary

  • Asphyxia — Smother redirects here. For other uses, see Smother (disambiguation). Suffocation redirects here. For other uses, see Suffocation (disambiguation). Asphyxia Classification and external resources ICD 10 R09.0, T …   Wikipedia

  • Asphyxia — Klassifikation nach ICD 10 R09.0 Asphyxie …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • asphyxia — asphyxial, adj. /as fik see euh/, n. Pathol. the extreme condition caused by lack of oxygen and excess of carbon dioxide in the blood, produced by interference with respiration or insufficient oxygen in the air; suffocation. [1700 10; < NL < Gk… …   Universalium

  • asphyxia — [[t]æsfɪ̱ksiə[/t]] N UNCOUNT Asphyxia is death or loss of consciousness caused by being unable to breathe properly. [MEDICAL] Most deaths occurred from asphyxia through smoke inhalation. Syn: suffocation …   English dictionary

  • asphyxia —   n. suffocation.    ♦ asphyxial, a.    ♦ asphyxiant, n. & a. (substance) causing asphyxia.    ♦ asphyxiate, v.i. & t.    ♦ asphyxiator, n. substance causing asphyxia …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • asphyxia — noun A condition in which an extreme decrease in the concentration of oxygen in the body accompanied by an increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide leads to loss of consciousness or death. Asphyxia can be induced by choking, drowning,… …   Wiktionary

  • asphyxia — Impaired or absent exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide on a ventilatory basis; combined hypercapnia and hypoxia or anoxia. [G. a priv. + sphyzo, to throb] cyanotic a. a. to the point of sufficient destruction of …   Medical dictionary

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