an·​ox·​ic | \ (ˌ)a-ˈnäk-sik How to pronounce anoxic (audio) \

Definition of anoxic

1 : of, relating to, or affected with anoxia
2 : greatly deficient in oxygen : oxygenless anoxic water

Examples of anoxic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ship’s structure and materials have remained exceptionally well preserved because of the anoxic sediments and cool, low-salinity water of the Baltic Sea. Stella Macheridis, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 Some researchers have calculated that unchecked human inputs of phosphorus, combined with climate change, could eventually push much of the ocean into an anoxic state persisting for millennia. Julia Rosen, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2021 Scripps Mercy doctors have diagnosed Hunter with anoxic brain injury encephalopathy. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Oct. 2020 The Bolshoy Lyakhovsky bear and the Yakutia cub have basically been in an anoxic deep freeze for the last 22,000 to 40,000 years, and their muscles, skin, fur, and organs are well preserved—right to the tips of their noses. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 14 Sep. 2020 As average air and water temperatures have been rising on a global scale, warmer temperatures and anoxic conditions are occurring more frequently. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 6 July 2020 The water had dissolved oxygen in it, which would be relevant to the conditions that might take place at the Yucca Mountain repository in the United States; other nations are planning repositories that would have anoxic conditions. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 27 Jan. 2020 Doctors at Baylor Medical Center diagnosed her with anoxic brain damage and an acute embolism. Amanda Watts, CNN, 27 Apr. 2018 The volume of anoxic waters, which are completely deprived of oxygen, has quadrupled. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of anoxic

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Anoxic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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