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asphyxia n.

Edited by Elizabeth Martin

in Concise Medical Dictionary

Ninth edition

Published in print January 2015 | ISBN: 9780199687817
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191767302
asphyxia n.

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suffocation: a life-threatening condition in which oxygen is prevented from reaching the tissues by obstruction of or damage to any part of the respiratory system. Drowning, choking, and breathing poisonous gas all lead to asphyxia. Unless the condition is remedied by removing the obstruction (when present) and by artificial respiration if necessary, there is progressive ...

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