anoxia

noun
an·​ox·​ia | \a-ˈnäk-sē-ə \

Definition of anoxia 

1 : hypoxia especially of such severity as to result in permanent damage

2 : the absence of dissolved oxygen in a body of water Anoxia (zero milligrams 02 per liter) is not only deadly for biota, but is also a condition that initiates different microbial and geochemical reactions.— Nathan Hawley

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Scientists had previously suspected that anoxia, or a lack of oxygen, was responsible for destroying aquatic life. Lucas Joel, Scientific American, "Oxygen Depletion Smothered Marine Life in Earth's Largest Mass Extinction," 15 May 2018 The findings may have special relevance in modern times because the trigger for this ancient anoxia was most likely climate change caused by Siberian volcanoes pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Lucas Joel, Scientific American, "Oxygen Depletion Smothered Marine Life in Earth's Largest Mass Extinction," 15 May 2018 Tim had overdosed on heroin, and suffered catastrophic anoxia, a lack of oxygen to the brain. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Personal Stories Highlight Opioid Forum," 6 June 2017 Other researchers had proposed that low oxygen levels — a condition known as anoxia — could be involved. Alexandra Witze, WIRED, "Toxic Oceans May Have Poisoned Early Animals," 5 Jan. 2011

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First Known Use of anoxia

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anoxia

New Latin

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anoxia

noun
an·​ox·​ia | \ə-ˈnäk-sē-ə, a- \

Medical Definition of anoxia 

: hypoxia especially of such severity as to result in permanent damage

Other Words from anoxia

anoxic \-​sik \ adjective

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