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Asphyxiation is the process by which asphyxia (lack of oxygen which interferes with the oxygenation of the blood) occurs.
Asphyxiation can result from a number of factors such as 1) suffocation/strangulation or 2) inhalation of an asphyxiant such as 100% nitrogen gas.
Asphyxiation can lead to death. See the entry on asphyxiants for more details.
See also: anoxia, asphyxia, asphyxiant.
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