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 Dictionary entry overview: What does asphyxiation mean? 

  The noun ASPHYXIATION has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: ASPHYXIATION used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1asphyxiation [BACK TO TOP]


The condition of being deprived of oxygen (as by having breathing stopped)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


asphyxiation; suffocation

Context example:

asphyxiation is sometimes used as a form of torture

Hypernyms ("asphyxiation" is a kind of...):

hypoxia (a very strong drive resulting from a deficiency of available oxygen in the blood and bodily tissues (short of anoxia))

Sense 2asphyxiation [BACK TO TOP]


Killing by depriving of oxygen

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


suffocation; asphyxiation

Hypernyms ("asphyxiation" is a kind of...):

kill; killing; putting to death (the act of terminating a life)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "asphyxiation"):

choking; strangling; strangulation; throttling (the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipe)

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