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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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 The flight took off at around 6 a.m. local time, and almost immediately passengers started experienced the symptoms of hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Passengers Injured After Flight Crew Forgets to Pressurize Cabin," 21 Sep. 2018 Alabama, Oklahoma and Mississippi all have laws that allow the use of death by nitrogen hypoxia, or gas chamber. Willie James Inman, Fox News, "Future of lethal injection in doubt as critics, drug makers rebel against it," 31 July 2018 The interviews in Meru describe the mix of techniques required to shift between hiking and wall-climbing, and the potentially insurmountable obstacles: frostbite, hypoxia, running out of food, and so forth. Noel Murray, The Verge, "For sweaty palms and white knuckles, watch Free Solo in theaters and Meru on Netflix," 28 Sep. 2018 The bill would allow condemned inmates to choose nitrogen hypoxia over lethal injection. Mike Cason, AL.com, "Alabama lawmakers approve execution by nitrogen hypoxia," 20 Mar. 2018 At least 12 hypoxia-like incidents occurred in the F-22 between 2008 and 2011, triggering the aircraft’s grounding and an investigation. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Air Force’s mainstay T-6A trainers grounded over pilot safety concerns," 1 Feb. 2018 That is a concern because levels below 16 percent can cause oxygen depletion, a condition known as hypoxia. New York Times, "8 Saved, 5 to Go in Thai Cave Rescue," 9 July 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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