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see asphyxiaasphyxia
, deficiency of oxygen and excess of carbon dioxide in the blood and body tissues. Asphyxia, often referred to as suffocation, usually results from an interruption of breathing due to mechanical blockage of the breathing passages, paralysis of the respiratory muscles
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What does it mean when you dream about suffocation?

Suffocation in a dream may represent intense anxiety associated with being confined or mean the dreamer feels smothered by some situation or relationship.

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Dr Slais, who also owns the Dr Slais Clinic in Riffa, said parents must teach their children how to react if they find themselves in this situation, including attempting to roll down the windows to avoid suffocation.
They said that manager Fazal Rabi and three miners died of suffocation while another coal miner, whose name could not be ascertained, was taken out of the mine in unconscious condition.
Timbal said the victims died from suffocation as they only suffered minor burns.
Due to accumulation of gas in the room, both including Siddiqu and his wife died of suffocation. The bodies were recovered after breaking open the door of the house.
Rescue workers said the victim died because of suffocation. The police handed over the bodies to the family.
The couple's postmortem at the Civil Hospital Hunza confirmed the cause of death to be suffocation.
Sabri Jibril, a local activist, told WAFA that Israeli soldiers intensively fired gas bombs and rubber-coated bullets towards the students in the vicinity of the Taqu' school, causing cases of suffocation from gas inhalation.
Summary: Man and his two grandsons die of suffocation after blaze guts apartment
Despite repeated warnings, a number of child suffocation cases in school vehicles have been reported.
Faisalabad -- Three people including two women died due to cardiac arrest and suffocation in Faisalabad.
Ramallah, Dhu-AlQa'dah 19, 1439, August 01, 2018, SPA -- A number of Palestinian youths, early Thursday, suffered suffocation due to inhaling tear gas bombs showered at them by the Israeli soldiers, during clashes took place in the West Bank city of Hebron, a Palestinian source said.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of Palestinians Monday suffered from suffocation due to inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces after they raided the city of Tulkarm North of the West Bank, according to witnesses.