Definition of asphyxia noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//æsˈfɪksiə//
; NAmE NAmE//æsˈfɪksiə//
; BrE BrE//əsˈfɪksiə//
; NAmE NAmE//əsˈfɪksiə//
[uncountable] (specialist)
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the state of being unable to breathe, causing death or loss of consciousness to die of asphyxia Word Originearly 18th cent. (in the sense ‘stopping of the pulse’): modern Latin, from Greek asphuxia, from a- ‘without’ + sphuxis ‘pulse’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: asphyxia