evident death or suspended animation the situation which benefits from interruption of respiration as with suffocation or drowning or perhaps the inhalation of toxic or irrespirable gases
- a condition where insufficient or no oxygen and carbon-dioxide are exchanged on a ventilatory basis; caused by choking or drowning or electric shock or poison gasoline
- Alt. of Asphyxy
In medical jurisprudence. A morbid problem of swooning, suffocation, or suspended cartoon, leading to death if you don't relieved, from any severe interference with regular respiration (as. the inhalation of poisonous gases or too ratified air, choking, drowning, obstruction associated with the air passages, or paralysis for the respiratory muscle tissue) with a consequent deficiency of air in the blood. See State v. Baldwin, 30 Kan. 1, 12 Pac. 32a
1706, "stoppage of pulse, lack of pulse," from contemporary Latin, from Greek asphyxia "stopping associated with the pulse," from a- "not" (see a- (3)) + sphyzein "to throb." Obsolete in its initial sense; the transferred feeling of "suffocation" is from 1778, however it is a "interesting infelicity of etymology" [OED] because sufferers of suffocation have a pulse for some time after respiration features ended.
A medical condition resulting in deficiencies in oxygen, usually causing death.
(letter.) Alt. of Asphyxy
If death from asphyxia appears imminent artificial respiration may be resorted to.