noun. a condition in which insufficient or no oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged on a ventilatory basis; caused by choking or drowning or electric shock or poison gas.
1. Noun, singular or mass Pythons are non-venomous, and like boas, they coil their bodies around their prey, killing them by asphyxia. 2. Verb, base form Children, elderly people and individual in ill health, however, are vulnerable to asphyxia from the bite.