altitude sickness


Definition of altitude sickness

: the effects (such as headache, nausea, or swelling of the brain) of oxygen deficiency in the blood and tissues developed at high altitudes having reduced atmospheric pressure — see mountain sickness

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Recent Examples on the Web Hikers need resources on everything from alpine ecology and Leave No Trace to altitude sickness, appropriate gear, and avalanche safety. National Geographic, "As crowds swell on public lands, visitors learn how to minimize their impact," 15 Nov. 2020 The altitude sickness began to overtake every inch of my body. New York Times, "Witnessing Peru’s Enduring, if Altered, Snow Star Festival," 26 Oct. 2020 The couple keep supplementary oxygen at their vacation home, just in case anyone has symptoms of altitude sickness. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "In Colorado, a Sky-High Cabin Compound Goes Midcentury Modern," 30 Sep. 2020 Posted at the volcano’s base for a full week, Leong battled a mild case of altitude sickness—and pushed herself to be a bit braver. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "In Hawai’i, Young Storytellers Document the Lives of Their Elders," 28 May 2020 Sound engineer Jim Hurst had a bad bout of altitude sickness, a cameraman developed blood clots in his lungs, and—in one of the most heart-wrenching moments in the film—Pollard suffered what appeared to be a minor stroke and couldn't continue. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "NatGeo expedition hunts for 1924 climber’s body in Lost on Everest documentary," 30 June 2020 Dexamethasone is a steroid that has been used for decades to treat a variety of conditions, such as nausea from chemotherapy or anesthesia, altitude sickness, eye infections and even croup in children. NBC News, "'Science by press release': Doctors view COVID-19 drug results with excitement and skepticism," 16 June 2020 To treat stomach issues, there’s Pepto Bismol, Prilosec, and other drugs for nausea and altitude sickness. Troy Farah, Ars Technica, "Vicodin, ketamine, and caffeine: The ingredients of a good space pharmacy," 8 June 2020 After such a big rally in Nintendo’s stock, a little altitude sickness is understandable. Washington Post, "There’s More to Nintendo’s Game Than Gadget Sales," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of altitude sickness

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Altitude sickness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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altitude sickness

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Medical Definition of altitude sickness

: the effects (as nosebleed, nausea, headache, or cerebral edema) of oxygen deficiency in the blood and tissues developed at high altitudes with reduced atmospheric pressure

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