an·​ox·​ic (ˌ)a-ˈnäk-sik How to pronounce anoxic (audio)
: of, relating to, or affected with anoxia
: greatly deficient in oxygen : oxygenless
anoxic water

Examples of anoxic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cause was anoxic brain injury, his daughter Afeni Berry said. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2024 Stagnant water is anoxic and damages root systems during the growing season. Bryan Hendricks,, 10 Dec. 2023 Hawkins attended the University of Cincinnati but left when his younger brother suffered an anoxic brain injury, according to his campaign website. The Enquirer, 5 Mar. 2024 Climate change is causing mass tree die-offs from droughts; anoxic ocean dead zones, while smaller than in the Capitanian, are spreading. Howard Lee, Ars Technica, 25 July 2023 Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury during the incident and is being treated at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital in California. Justine Browning,, 12 Aug. 2022 During the dormant season, anoxic water does not damage trees. Bryan Hendricks,, 10 Dec. 2023 Climate change has already caused mass tree die-offs through droughts, and anoxic ocean dead zones are spreading. Howard Lee, Ars Technica, 8 Feb. 2023 Methane-producing microbes love thawing permafrost because conditions are wet and oxygen-poor, or anoxic. Matt Simon, WIRED, 13 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of anoxic was in 1920

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“Anoxic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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