(countable and uncountable, plural suffocations)
- (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.
- A child left unattended may die of suffocation.
- (countable) A particular act of death or killing by means of asphyxia.
- The coroner reported three suffocations last week.
OriginSee also: suffocâtion
From Latin suffocatio.