acute mountain sickness

noun

Definition of acute mountain sickness

: altitude sickness that is experienced usually within several hours to one day of ascending above 8000 to 10,000 feet (about 2500 to 3000 meters) and that is marked by headache, nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, insomnia, dizziness, and fatigue, and may lead to serious complications including severe edema of the brain or lungs abbreviation AMS

First Known Use of acute mountain sickness

1903


Medical Dictionary

acute mountain sickness

noun

medical Definition of acute mountain sickness

: altitude sickness that is experienced usually within several hours to one day of ascending above 8000 to 10,000 feet (about 2500 to 3000 meters) and that is marked by headache, nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, insomnia, dizziness, and fatigue
Note: Acute mountain sickness can lead to serious complications including severe edema of the brain or lungs.
  • acute mountain sickness … is common in travelers who ascend rapidly to altitudes above 8,000 feet.
  • —Erick A. WeissRock & Ice MagazineJanuary/February 1995
abbreviation AMS

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