- 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 have a pulse for some time after breathing has stopped.
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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… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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