hyp·​ox·​ia | \ hi-ˈpäk-sē-ə How to pronounce hypoxia (audio) , hī- \

Definition of hypoxia

: a deficiency of oxygen reaching the tissues of the body

Examples of hypoxia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cause of his death was respiratory arrest due to hypoxia caused by physical restraint, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office. Dakin Andone And Jenn Selva, CNN, 22 Mar. 2022 The problem has also spread over the past half-century: at least 500 coastal locales worldwide have experienced hypoxia thanks to a combination of warming water and nutrient pollution. Julia Rosen, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2022 Alabama inmates had a chance to sign a form choosing either lethal inject or hypoxia as an execution method in 2018 after legislators approved the use of hydrogen, but Reeves was among the inmates who didn’t fill out the form stating a preference. Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2022 Nitrogen hypoxia would result in death because the inmate would breathe only nitrogen and be deprived of oxygen. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 30 Nov. 2021 Judge Huffaker asked the state for more information about the development of the nitrogen hypoxia method of execution in July. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 30 Nov. 2021 The start of the hypoxia season is marked by the upwelling of cold bottom water. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021 No state has used nitrogen hypoxia to carry out an execution, and no state has developed a protocol for its use, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021 The state has not yet developed a protocol for using nitrogen hypoxia and is not setting execution dates for inmates who requested it. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hypoxia

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypoxia

New Latin

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hyp·​ox·​ia | \ hip-ˈäk-sē-ə How to pronounce hypoxia (audio) , hī-ˈpäk- How to pronounce hypoxia (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypoxia

: a deficiency of oxygen reaching the tissues of the body

Other Words from hypoxia

hypoxic \ -​sik How to pronounce hypoxia (audio) \ adjective

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