Definition of asphyxiant in English:


noun & adjective

  • See asphyxia

    • ‘Although hydrogen is odorless and nontoxic, it is classified as a simple asphyxiant.’
    • ‘As well as the nuisance factor of smells from H 2 S and organic compounds, there is the safety aspect: landfill gas is an asphyxiant, and is explosively flammable when mixed with air.’
    • ‘Hydrogen sulfide is highly toxic and can be rapidly fatal, inasmuch as it acts as both an irritant and an asphyxiant.’
    • ‘The author has done justice to the chapters covering specific poisons such as corrosive poison, irritant poisons, neurotoxic poisons, cardiovascular poisons and asphyxiants.’
    • ‘The fire brigade established the gas was an asphyxiant, which takes oxygen out of the air, but is not a fire risk.’