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 Tobin said the cause of Floyd's death was hypoxia, or a low level of oxygen that led to asphyxia, or suffocation. Eric Ferkenhoff, USA TODAY, "These are some of the key moments leading up to the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict in George Floyd's death," 21 Apr. 2021 Fire would have diminished the available oxygen, causing hypoxia -- releasing dopamine and causing hallucinations, according to the study. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "A final flyby for asteroid Bennu and 5 other top space and science stories this week," 10 Apr. 2021 The doctor described looking for possible explanations and theorized that hypoxia, or insufficient oxygen, was one of the top possibilities. Marilynn Marchione, ajc, "EXPLAINER: Doctor’s testimony details Floyd’s heart activity," 5 Apr. 2021 Because of that small, lethal cyanide ion, the human body experiences chemical asphyxiation (also known as histotoxic hypoxia) within minutes. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Nature's Toxic Gifts: The Deadly Story of Poison," 4 Oct. 2020 Wynonna is experiencing hypoxia, which is basically like regular Wynonna with even more jokes… but much less oxygen. Dalene Rovenstine, EW.com, "Wynonna Earp recap: Wynonna’s search for the gateway continues," 3 Aug. 2020 Scientists say that the hypoxia seen in many COVID-19 patients raises a concern that p.Ser1103Tyr-SCN5A could produce a similar, African-American susceptibility to ventricular arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death from the SARS-CoV-2 infection. Fox News, "Use of unproven COVID-19 therapies poses risks for African-Americans," 16 June 2020 But not nearly the level that would lead to hypoxia or other forms of carbon dioxide poisoning, per the Cleveland Clinic. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "3 lies and a truth about face masks during the coronavirus pandemic," 30 June 2020 But there are circumstances under which administering ketamine could have adverse and potentially lethal effects, including if a patient has hypoxia, or low oxygen levels, is dehydrated or has low blood pressure, Glatter said. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Elijah McClain was injected with ketamine before he died. Is that legal?," 26 June 2020

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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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The first known use of hypoxia was in 1941

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5 May 2021

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“Hypoxia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypoxia. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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