hyp·​ox·​emia | \ ˌhi-ˌpäk-ˈsē-mē-ə How to pronounce hypoxemia (audio) , ˌhī- \

Definition of hypoxemia

: deficient oxygenation of the blood

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Other Words from hypoxemia

hypoxemic \ ˌhi-​ˌpäk-​ˈsē-​mik How to pronounce hypoxemia (audio) , ˌhī-​ \ adjective

Examples of hypoxemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most recently, researchers at the University of Michigan published a December 2020 letter in the New England Journal of Medicine that found oximeters were nearly three times as likely to miss hypoxemia in Black patients compared with white patients. Erin Brodwin, STAT, "FDA issues alert on ‘limitations’ of pulse oximeters, without explicit mention of racial bias," 22 Feb. 2021 Any patient who has experienced low oxygen levels, or hypoxemia, must be closely watched, said Dr. Michelle Prickett, a pulmonary and critical care specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "Use of Dexamethasone to Treat Trump Suggests Severe Covid-19, Experts Say," 4 Oct. 2020 Some posts have claimed that masks reduce the level of oxygen in a person’s body, causing hypoxemia (low oxygen levels in the blood) or hypoxia (low oxygen levels in the body’s tissues). Dallas News, "No, wearing a face mask doesn’t have any negative health effects," 5 July 2020 Meanwhile, silent hypoxemia complicates the decision to intubate. Clifford Marks, The New Yorker, "What We Don’t Know About COVID-19," 29 Apr. 2020 Many patients who are hospitalized with a severe case of the coronavirus need the machine because their blood oxygen level drops precipitously -- a condition called hypoxemia -- which can cause organ damage and be potentially life threatening. Dong Lyu, Bloomberg.com, "World Ventilator Demand Now 10 Times What’s Available, Says Maker," 13 May 2020 Many patients inflicted by the novel coronavirus need the machine because their blood oxygen level drops precipitously -- a condition called hypoxemia -- which can cause organ damage and be potentially life threatening. Fortune, "World ventilator demand is now 10 times what’s available, says China’s top medical device maker," 25 Mar. 2020 One of the biggest dangers for infected patients is hypoxemia, or low blood oxygen. Jason Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "‘We Take the Dead From Morning Till Night’," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hypoxemia

circa 1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypoxemia

New Latin

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The first known use of hypoxemia was circa 1886

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5 Mar 2021

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“Hypoxemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypoxemia. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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variants: or chiefly British hypoxaemia \ ˌhip-​ˌäk-​ˈsē-​mē-​ə How to pronounce hypoxemia (audio) , ˌhī-​ˌpäk-​ How to pronounce hypoxemia (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypoxemia

: deficient oxygenation of the blood

Other Words from hypoxemia

hypoxemic or chiefly British hypoxaemic \ -​mik How to pronounce hypoxemia (audio) \ adjective

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