hyp·ox·ia | \ hi-ˈpäk-sē-ə , hī- \

Definition of hypoxia 

: a deficiency of oxygen reaching the tissues of the body

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hypoxic \hi-ˈpäk-sik, hī- \ adjective

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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 Oxygen levels that get even lower can cause negative effects, including hypoxia, which can make even basic actions become difficult and extreme cases can be fatal. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Four Boys Have Been Rescued From Thailand Caves," 8 July 2018 The dive response is similar to a medical condition called acute hypoxia, in which humans experience a rapid loss of oxygen. National Geographic, "'Sea Nomads' Are First Known Humans Genetically Adapted to Diving," 19 Apr. 2018 Darcy was treated for hypoxia – a lack of oxygen in the body – by her owner who held the oxygen mask over the dog’s face. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "JetBlue crew saves French bulldog with oxygen mask during flight," 8 July 2018 Pilots also refrain from flying these types of planes at greater heights because of potential health risks like hypoxia, which is when tissues do not receive enough oxygen, according to the National Institutes of Health. Celine Hacobian, Time, "Here's How High Planes Actually Fly, According to Experts," 27 June 2018 Condemned inmates could choose to die by nitrogen hypoxia instead of lethal injection. Mike Cason, AL.com, "Gov. Kay Ivey signs bill to allow execution by nitrogen hypoxia," 22 Mar. 2018 In pursuit of health and the human condition, initiatives include research into aging, hypoxia and cancer; blood vessel function; lessening chemotherapy’s side effects; and cardiovascular issues in older adults. Richard Greene, star-telegram, "UT Arlington has bragging rights," 21 May 2018 And without enough oxygen, people risk developing hypoxia. Thom Patterson, CNN, "A lot of people wore their oxygen masks wrong during the Southwest emergency landing," 19 Apr. 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 , hī-ˈpäk- \

Medical Definition of hypoxia 

: a deficiency of oxygen reaching the tissues of the body

Other words from hypoxia

hypoxic \-sik \ adjective

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