Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Asphyxia—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.
  • n. A particular act of death or killing by means of asphyxia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of suffocating, or the state of being suffocated; death caused by smothering or choking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of suffocating, choking, or stifling.
  • n. The condition of being suffocated, choked, or stifled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the condition of being deprived of oxygen (as by having breathing stopped)
  • n. killing by depriving of oxygen

Etymologies

From Latin suffocatio. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Initially, these deaths were believed to be caused by suffocation from the plastic bags used for inhalation.

    Freon Abuse

  • (Which are quite soft enough, I assure you, that the child, though perhaps in danger of suffocation, is not being hurt in the slightest.)

    Next Come Locusts

  • The late adversaries, warmed to affection at the sight of him, joined in heedless confusion, and surrounded him; the women kissed his hands, and the edges of his garments; nay, his horse received tribute of their embraces; some wept their welcome; he appeared an angel of peace descended among them; and the only danger was, that his mortal nature would be demonstrated, by his suffocation from the kindness of his friends.

    III.4

  • It doesn’t create the feeling; the suffocation is real.

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  • The condition was also known as suffocation of the mother.

    Bedlam

  • What we received right now is the unofficial report, is that a suffocation was the cause of death, but we will not know that for maybe a month or two.

    CNN Transcript May 22, 2007

  • These, however, die of what is called suffocation when the stomach becomes filled and the heat in the central segment is destroyed.

    On youth and old age, on life and death, on breathing

  • For of exhaustion that kind which is destruction due to lack of refrigeration is called suffocation, and whatsoever is thus destroyed is said to be suffocated.

    On youth and old age, on life and death, on breathing

  • Cause of death has been variously described as suffocation, poisoning and electrocution.

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  • He went so far as to claim that the quickened heartbeat of fear and the "suffocation" of the heart in grief demonstrated that emotions "follow" upon the heart's expressions rather than drive it.

    Matters Of the Heart

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