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Topic: DEATH

Date: 1700-1800
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: Greek, 'stopping the flow of blood', from a- 'not' + sphyzein 'to beat regularly, throb'

asphyxia

noun
     
as‧phyx‧i‧a [uncountable] formal
MX death caused by not being able to breathe [= suffocation]
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