Meaning of asphyxia

as•phyx•i•a

Pronunciation: (as-fik'sē-u), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. 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.
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