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

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Indisputable fossils and artifacts from human ancestors between 700,000 and 1.5 million years old have been found at sites up to — but not exceeding — 1.49 miles, just below the hypoxia threshold. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "The World Is Our Niche," 3 June 2019 The blood carries less oxygen than it would at sea level, a condition known as hypoxia, but the agency says healthy passengers usually tolerate the effects well. Author: Hannah Sampson, Anchorage Daily News, "'Mile Cry Club’: Why human emotions and senses go haywire on a plane," 21 June 2019 The resulting patch of low-oxygen waters leads to a condition called hypoxia, where animals in the area suffocate and die. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Massive 8,000-mile 'dead zone' could be one of the gulf's largest," 10 June 2019 Flatlanders can surge up above 10,000 feet and get bushwhacked by hypoxia, where their bodies haven’t had time to acclimate to the lower oxygen levels at higher altitudes. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know to climb Mount Shasta ahead of a sensational summer season," 7 June 2019 Cancer cells are often stressed — these rapidly dividing cells survive hypoxia, nutrient stress, oxidative stress and more. Quanta Magazine, "Cells Talk and Help One Another via Tiny Tube Networks," 23 Apr. 2018 Most climbers who are vulnerable to hypoxia at high altitudes will feel it here. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know to climb Mount Shasta ahead of a sensational summer season," 7 June 2019 In her recent book The Crash Detectives, Christine Negroni explains how decompression and hypoxia could induce the sorts of actions that led the plane on its wild ride. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "Did the Pilot Do it? Final MH370 Report Revives Suspicions of Foul Play," 31 July 2018 The aim of this research was to identify how different people adapt to low oxygen levels -- or hypoxia -- at high altitude and to apply this understanding to critically ill patients. Katy Scott, CNN, "The dangers of oxygen deprivation on Everest," 4 June 2018

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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 hypoxic (audio) \ adjective

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