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

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Recent Examples on the Web Most had ankle or knee injuries or acute mountain sickness. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 4 Aug. 2021 Sure enough, the trekkers with the biggest lungs, the biggest spleens, and the biggest reduction in heart rate during a breath-hold were the least likely to develop symptoms of acute mountain sickness. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 27 Feb. 2020 Guzzle water: Drinking plenty of H2O prevents dehydration, which has symptoms similar to those of acute mountain sickness. National Geographic, 5 Oct. 2019 Yes, lowlanders who ascend to 2500 meters or higher often develop acute mountain sickness, including headaches and nausea. Xing Liu, Science Magazine, 12 Sep. 2019 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, 19 Oct. 2010 Blindness is a symptom of acute mountain sickness, a condition that can ultimately lead to death. Marcin Jamkowski, Outside Online, 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, 28 Jan. 2018

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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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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