asphyxiation

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asphyxiation

[as‚fik·sē′ā·shən]
(medicine)
Suffocation caused by lowering the oxygen supply through the blood to bodily organs to a level that is incapable of supporting life.
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The exhaust fumes didn't quite asphyxiate anyone in an audience that included Daisy Fuentes, Haylie Duff, Alyssa Milano, David Spade and hot bachelors Nick Lachey and Matthew Perry.
In September 2004, Houle's 36-year-old son, who suffered from multiple sclerosis, swallowed a cocktail of drugs and then his mother held a plastic bag over his head to asphyxiate him.
Take the classic Clinton administration brainstorm to asphyxiate market forces: the Health Care Task Force's grand scheme to control medical costs via a nationalization of "global budgets.