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suffocation (n.)

late 14c., suffocacioun, "obstruction of breathing, choking," from Old French suffocation, suffocacion and directly from Latin suffocationem (nominative suffocatio) "a choking, stifling," noun of action from past-participle stem of suffocare "suffocate, throttle, stifle, strangle," originally "to narrow up," from sub "up (from under)" (see sub-) + fauces (plural) "throat, narrow entrance" (see faucet).

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Definitions of suffocation from WordNet

suffocation (n.)
killing by depriving of oxygen;
Synonyms: asphyxiation
suffocation (n.)
the condition of being deprived of oxygen (as by having breathing stopped);
Synonyms: asphyxiation
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