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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Other Words from hypoxia

hypoxic \ hi-​ˈpäk-​sik , hī-​ \ adjective

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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 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

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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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