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Definition of "suffocation" [suf•fo•ca•tion]

  • Asphyxia—a condition in which an extreme decrease in the concentration of oxygen in the body accompanied by an increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide leads to loss of consciousness or death. (noun)
  • A particular act of death or killing by means of asphyxia. (noun)

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Use "suffocation" in a sentence
  • "Initially, these deaths were believed to be caused by suffocation from the plastic bags used for inhalation."
  • "(Which are quite soft enough, I assure you, that the child, though perhaps in danger of suffocation, is not being hurt in the slightest.)"
  • "The late adversaries, warmed to affection at the sight of him, joined in heedless confusion, and surrounded him; the women kissed his hands, and the edges of his garments; nay, his horse received tribute of their embraces; some wept their welcome; he appeared an angel of peace descended among them; and the only danger was, that his mortal nature would be demonstrated, by his suffocation from the kindness of his friends."