Pronunciation: (as-fik'sē-āt"), [key]
—v., -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. to produce asphyxia in.
2. to cause to die or lose consciousness by impairing normal breathing, as by gas or other noxious agents; choke; suffocate; smother.
to become asphyxiated.
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