asphyxia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n asphyxia a condition in which insufficient or no oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged on a ventilatory basis; caused by choking or drowning or electric shock or poison gas
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Asphyxia (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n asphyxia Originally, absence of pulse.
    • n asphyxia The extreme condition caused by lack of oxygen and excess of carbon dioxid in the blood, brought about by any sufficient interference with respiration, as in choking, drowning, or paralysis of the muscles of respiration. Also asphyxy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Asphyxia as-fik′si-a (lit.) suspended animation, suffocation, when the blood is in such a state as to render impossible a sufficiently free exchange of carbonic acid for oxygen—also Asphyx′y
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. asphyxia, fr. Gr. ; 'a priv. + to throb, beat
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr., a stopping of the pulse—a, neg., sphyxis, the pulse.

Usage

In literature:

Perhaps the poor man would have died of asphyxia, had not a new person come on the stage.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
Never was corpulent abdomen of greater use: thanks to this plumpness of the belly the larva is protected from asphyxia.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
In five minutes, we must yield to the fearful asphyxia.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
The immediate cause of death was asphyxia.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
It may sometimes be due to an excessive degree of asphyxia during birth.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Observations on Asphyxia from Drowning, to which is added a Case of Resuscitation.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
What diseases usually follow asphyxia by carbonic acid, water, strangling, &c.?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
During a few moments they experienced all the anguish attending asphyxia.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
How the devil are you to get your fellow out of that state of asphyxia?
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat
Death from drowning is the result of asphyxia, due to the stoppage of a supply of fresh air to the lungs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
The department is also called upon in case of street accidents, falling buildings, asphyxia in sewers, etc.
"Paris" by William Walton
MARSHALL HALL'S "READY METHOD" of treatment in asphyxia from drowning, chloroform, coal gas, etc.
"A Treatise on Physiology and Hygiene" by Joseph Chrisman Hutchison
Asphyxia held him in a death-like trance.
"In Search of a Son" by William Shepard Walsh
Having escaped asphyxia, it would certainly be a pity to contract pneumonia.
"King of the Air" by Herbert Strang
Failure of its air-rejuvenator unit had caused asphyxia.
"Comet's Burial" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
A speechless, soundless asphyxia of the soul seemed to be creeping over these tired patient heroes!
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. IV (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
Death usually results from asphyxia or collapse, as in animals.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
A slight degree of asphyxia is thus relied on as a soporific agent.
"Health, Happiness, and Longevity" by Louis Philippe McCarty
But the actual immediate cause of death was, in my opinion, asphyxia due to immersion, in other words drowning.
"The Trial of Callista Blake" by Edgar Pangborn
As for self-repression, asphyxia of the heart, Nature never prompts that.
"Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty" by J. W. de Forest
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In news:

Ward County Double Murder Suspect Died of Asphyxia by Hanging.
The 19-year-old Ellicott City residents died Tuesday of "compressional asphyxia ," meaning they were unable to breathe as powdered coal spilling from the derailed cars crushed their bodies, authorities ruled.
The preliminary cause of death ruled by the medical examiner shows 23-year-old Andrew Grande died of asphyxia.
Yale student's cause of death : traumatic asphyxia.
The report released Monday says 32-year-old Edward Archbold of West Palm Beach died as a result of "asphyxia due to choking and aspiration of gastric contents.".
The report released Monday says 32-year-old Edward Archbold of West Palm Beach died as a result of "asphyxia due to choking and aspiration of gastric contents".
Edward Archbold, 32, died from asphyxia Oct 6, 2012, after aspirating and choking on what he had consumed, the Medical Examiner's Office added.
He "died as a result of asphyxia due to choking and aspiration of gastric contents".
Edward Archbold died "as a result of asphyxia due to choking and aspiration of gastric contents," said the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office.
Archbold "died as a result of asphyxia due to choking and aspiration of gastric contents," according to the findings.
Medical Examiner Dr Craig Mallak determined Archbold "died as a result of asphyxia due to choking and aspiration of gastric contents.".
Edward Archbold, 32, of West Palm Beach died as a result of asphyxia due to choking .
The girl's cause of death is asphyxia by drowning and the manner of death is homicide, said Multnomah County Medical Examiner Larry Lewman.
Coroner Frederic Hellman listed the cause of death as chemical asphyxia.
Man found under truck died of ' mechanical asphyxia'.
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