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suf·fo·cate

(sŭf'ŏ-kāt),
1. To impede respiration; to asphyxiate.
2. To be unable to breathe; to suffer from asphyxiation.
[L. suffoco (subf-), pp. -atus, to choke, strangle]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

suffocate

(sŭf′ə-kāt′)
v. suffo·cated, suffo·cating, suffo·cates
v.tr.
1. To kill or destroy by preventing access of air or oxygen.
2. To impair the breathing of or cause discomfort to by cutting off the supply of fresh air.
v.intr.
1. To die from lack of air or oxygen.
2. To feel discomfort from lack of fresh air.

suf′fo·ca′ting·ly adv.
suf′fo·ca′tion n.
suf′fo·ca′tive adj.
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suf·fo·cate

(sŭf'ŏ-kāt)
1. To impede respiration; to asphyxiate or smother.
2. To be unable to breathe; to suffer from asphyxiation.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

suf·fo·cate

(sŭf'ŏ-kāt)
1. To impede respiration; to asphyxiate.
2. To be unable to breathe.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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