caisson disease


Definition of caisson disease

: decompression sickness

Note: The name caisson disease stems from the occurrence of decompression sickness in individuals working on tunnel and bridge construction in underwater caissons filled with compressed air.

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Recent Examples on the Web Readers will be shocked to learn that Washington Roebling contracted caisson disease soon after construction began, forcing him to work from his bed while his wife worked at the site. Michael Sangiacomo,, "Bendis speaks, via Skype, at Philly comic con (video)," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of caisson disease

1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Caisson disease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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caisson disease

cais·​son disease | \ ˈkā-ˌsän-, ˈkās-ᵊn-; British often kə-ˈsün- \

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