Definition of Asphyxia

1. Noun. A condition in which insufficient or no oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged on a ventilatory basis; caused by choking or drowning or electric shock or poison gas.

Definition of Asphyxia

1. n. Apparent death, or suspended animation; the condition which results from interruption of respiration, as in suffocation or drowning, or the inhalation of irrespirable gases.

Definition of Asphyxia

1. Noun. The loss of consciousness due to the interruption of breathing and consequent anoxia. Asphyxia can be result from choking, drowning, electric shock, injury. ¹

2. Noun. The loss of consciousness due to the body's inability to deliver oxygen to its tissues, either by the breathing of air lacking oxygen or by the inability of the blood to carry oxygen. Such asphyxia can be result from the inhalation of non-toxic gases which displace oxygen from the inhaled air, by exposure to carbon monoxide from smoke inhalation such that hemoglobin is poisoned, or the development of methemoglobinemia. ¹

3. Noun. (medicine) A condition in which an extreme decrease in the concentration of oxygen in the body leads to loss of consciousness or death. The term is now obsolete, having been replace in mid-twentieth century by the more specific terms anoxia, hypoxia, hypoxemia and hypercapnia. ¹

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Definition of Asphyxia

1. unconsciousness caused by lack of oxygen [n -S]

Medical Definition of Asphyxia

1. A condition caused by the inadequate intake of oxygen. (27 Sep 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Asphyxia

asphenc lens
aspheric lens
asphyxia (current term)
asphyxia livida
asphyxia neonatorum
asphyxia pallida
asphyxiating thoracic chondrodystrophy
asphyxiating thoracic dysplasia

Literary usage of Asphyxia

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Obstetrics for nurses by Joseph Bolivar De Lee (1922)
"asphyxia Neonatorum.—Children sometimes die of asphyxia while still in the uterus, ... The asphyxia may be caused by too early separation of the placenta, ..."

2. The Science and art of surgery by John Eric Erichsen (1854)
"lity it could not have been effected with any other means. In my Essay on asphyxia will be found a case of resuscitation, in which oxygen was ..."

3. A Manual of Medical Jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor (1880)
"The subject of asphyxia and the appearances presented by the body in this mode of death, have already been fully considered. In addition to what has been ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1899)
"17) concludes that in the mild forms of asphyxia it is well to delay tying the cord until mucus has been removed from the trachea, or until rhythmical ..."

5. International Catalogue of Scientific Literature by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1904)
"A. (Observation» on the state of the vascular system after death by asphyxia and by cardiac failure. Brit. Med. J., London, 1902, I. (832-834). ..."

6. A Text-book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1885)
"asphyxia. time when the deprivation of oxygen begins can endure the loss for a much ... The phenomena of slow asphyxia, where the supply of air is gradually ..."

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