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asphyxia

as·phyx·ia

asphyxia

 
pronunciation:
aes fIk si
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part of speech: noun
definition: a lack of oxygen or excess of carbon dioxide in the lungs that results in suffocation.
derivation: asphyxial (adj.)
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The word asphyxia contains the following part:
a-1, an-1 Greek prefix that means not, without
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Words prefixed with a-1, an-1 are nouns and adjectives. Some are loanwords from Greek (amorphous , atrophy ). Others are English formations, which may attach the prefix to English words of Latin origin (asocial , amoral ) or Greek origin (apolitical). The form a-1 is used before bases beginning with a consonant, while an-1 is used before bases beginning with a vowel.