acute mountain sickness

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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

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Though the snow is cleared during those three months, the risk of avalanche is still high, not to mention the risk of acute mountain sickness due to low air pressure and low oxygen. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Awe-Inspiring Roads Around the World," 19 Oct. 2010 Blindness is a symptom of acute mountain sickness, a condition that can ultimately lead to death. Marcin Jamkowski, Outside Online, "Rescue on the Killer Mountain," 11 Apr. 2018 During their descent, Mr. Mackiewicz is said to have had acute mountain sickness, caused by the lack of oxygen in the lower air pressure that exists at higher altitudes, as well as snow blindness and frostbite. Meher Ahmad, New York Times, "Climber Rescued on Pakistan’s ‘Killer Mountain,’ but Another Is in Peril," 28 Jan. 2018

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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. Weiss, Rock & Ice Magazine, January/February 1995 abbreviation AMS

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