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asphyxiate | asphyxia | asphyxiation

asphyxiate asphyxia asphyxiation
cause somebody to be unable to breath
  • How to Memorize
    • asphyxiate - choke
  • Analysis

    To ‘asphyxiate’ a person is to prevent them from breathing normally, often leading to death or a loss of consciousness. This can be caused by a variety of means, ranging from strangulation to noxious agents to something getting lodged in the windpipe. It is a formal word most commonly seen in written English, particularly medical or criminal reports.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymssmother, strangle, suffocate,
    Antonymsresuscitaterestore, resurrect,
  • Example(s)
    1. The police stated that the man deliberately tried to asphyxiate his wife in the domestic dispute and charged him with attempted murder.

    2. A number of people died in that house fire. The autopsy report ruled asphyxia from smoke inhalation as the official cause of death.

    3. I was eating lunch when a piece of food got lodged in my throat. I would have died of asphyxiation had I not been able to remove it in time.