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 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, "20 dead Canada geese pulled out of pond in Madison Heights; botulism suspected," 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, "Planned nuclear storage material could decay faster than expected," 27 Jan. 2020 Doctors at Baylor Medical Center diagnosed her with anoxic brain damage and an acute embolism. Amanda Watts, CNN, "American Airlines sued after bride returning from honeymoon has medical emergency on flight and later dies," 27 Apr. 2018 The volume of anoxic waters, which are completely deprived of oxygen, has quadrupled. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The World’s Oceans Are Being Starved of Oxygen," 10 Dec. 2019 By feeding up above and metabolizing down below, the animals scrub and help ventilate the ocean, raising oxygen concentrations at the surface while driving anoxic regions to greater depths. Quanta Magazine, "Complex Animals Led to More Oxygen, Says Maverick Theory," 21 Mar. 2018 Assumed to be a Greek trading vessel, the ship was so well preserved because it was buried deep in the Black Sea in anoxic (oxygen-deprived) water. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Greek Trading Ship That Sank 2,400 Years Ago Found Intact," 23 Oct. 2018 Court documents list the boy’s ultimate cause of death as viral and bacterial bronchopneumonia with bone marrow suppression and anoxic brain injury. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Man gets 10 years for killing girlfriend's 2-year-old son," 1 Aug. 2018 Others suffered anoxic brain injuries, which occur when the brain is cut off from oxygen. Aubrey Whelan,, "West Philadelphia nervously watches as fentanyl kills the unsuspecting," 5 July 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Anoxic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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