suffocation

See also: suffocâtion

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French suffocation, from Latin suffocatio.

NounEdit

suffocation (countable and uncountable, plural suffocations)

  1. (uncountable) 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.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 302:
      The moon, directly opposite, flung into the room a long and tremulous line of light, which fell on Guido's face, as he reclined on the pillows which supported his head; he needed the support, for a feeling of suffocation was his constant complaint.
    A child left unattended may die of suffocation.
  2. (countable) A particular act of death or killing by means of asphyxia.
    The coroner reported three suffocations last week.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin suffocatio.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /sy.fɔ.ka.sjɔ̃/
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NounEdit

suffocation f (plural suffocations)

  1. suffocation

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