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

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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 But although Webb cannot easily see oxygen, its infrared eyes could excel at glimpsing signs of anoxic life. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "A New Recipe for Hunting Alien Life," 24 Jan. 2018 The medical diagnosis is anoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Gina Kolata, New York Times, "Otto Warmbier Suffered Extensive Brain Damage, Coroner Confirms," 28 Sep. 2017 Ninety percent of the Black Sea is anoxic, saturated by hydrogen sulfide. WSJ, "Five Best: Catherine Merridale," 4 Aug. 2017 During the escape, Maxwell suffered minor burns but severe smoke inhalation; respiratory failure; anoxic brain injury; acute hypoxic/toxic encephalopathy; and heart, liver and kidney injuries. Matthias Gafni, The Mercury News, "Ghost Ship fire: Debris might be hauled to Alameda Point site," 30 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of anoxic

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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