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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Park, who was put on suicide watch at Garth prison, Lancashire, chose his 66th birthday in 2010 to asphyxiate himself in his cell.
Rory's school rucksack has not been found and it is not known what was used to asphyxiate the Meldrum Primary pupil.
Mr Carmichael-Timson eventually sealed himself in his garden shed and used a length of pipe and a mechanical air compressor to asphyxiate himself with carbon monoxide fumes in March.