hyp·​ox·​ia hi-ˈpäk-sē-ə How to pronounce hypoxia (audio)
: a deficiency of oxygen reaching the tissues of the body

Examples of hypoxia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alabama plans to put him to death by nitrogen hypoxia, an execution method that is authorized in three states but has never been used. CBS News, 28 Aug. 2023 Alabama is ready to execute Kenneth Eugene Smith by nitrogen hypoxia, the state’s new but untested method of execution, Marshall said in Friday’s filing with the Alabama Supreme Court. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 25 Aug. 2023 That can cause a condition called hypoxia, in which a lot of nutrients are deposited into the water. Amanda Gokee, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Aug. 2023 The inmate sought to have a US District Court prevent the state from executing him by any method other than nitrogen hypoxia, an alternative to lethal injection that is allowed under Alabama law but has yet to be used. Dakin Andone, CNN, 20 July 2023 The state coroner’s report later attributed her death to organ failure brought on by cerebral hypoxia. Azadeh Moaveni, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2023 During today’s hearing, Marks asked Richard Anderson, an attorney for the state, if nitrogen hypoxia would be ready in time for Barber’s scheduled execution. Mike Cason | McAson@al.com, al, 5 July 2023 In 2018, Alabama approved the use of nitrogen hypoxia, an alternate execution method to lethal injection that causes death by breathing in nitrogen gas, but corrections officials have said the protocol for carrying it out is not yet complete. Anthony Cusumano, NBC News, 21 July 2023 The appeal asks for Barber to be executed by nitrogen hypoxia, a method that does not require IV lines. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 20 July 2023 See More

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hypoxia was in 1941

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“Hypoxia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypoxia. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


hyp·​ox·​ia hip-ˈäk-sē-ə How to pronounce hypoxia (audio) hī-ˈpäk- How to pronounce hypoxia (audio)
: a deficiency of oxygen reaching the tissues of the body
hypoxic adjective

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