hyp·​ox·​ic hi-ˈpäk-sik How to pronounce hypoxic (audio)
medical : of, relating to, or affected with hypoxia : resulting from, causing, or experiencing inadequate levels of oxygen in the tissues and cells of the body
She was then transferred to Tufts Medical Center with hypokalemia, hyperglycemia, and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy—abnormal brain function from oxygen deprivation—and seizures.Rebecca Everett
At altitudes up to ten thousand feet, the mild hypoxic effects encountered do not materially deteriorate our flying ability …Joseph W. Benkert
The Australian looks slightly hypoxic, as if he is finding the atmosphere up here in the Northern Hemisphere a trifle thin.Craig S. Karpel
: characterized by reduced levels of dissolved oxygen
Hypoxic conditions, which occur when dissolved oxygen concentrations are less than 2 mg/L, can cause stress or death in bottom-dwelling organisms that cannot leave the zone.Donald A. Goolsby
Also, the loss of herbivorous cichlids has contributed to colossal algae blooms in the lake, which suck oxygen from the water and create huge hypoxic zones.Mark Jerome Walters

Examples of hypoxic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To further the success rate, the mountaineering community has embraced a new series of preparation strategies and climbing infrastructure, specifically hypoxic tents for pre-acclimatization and helicopter shuttles to ferry expedition teams from Kathmandu to base camps. Ben Ayers, Outside Online, 6 June 2022 Domination of fast muscle fibers and phasic movements forms the fetal strategy to survive in heating, strongly hypoxic, albeit normal for fetus, immersion. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 7 Mar. 2013 But researchers have documented crab die-offs that appear linked to hypoxic events. Julia Rosen, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypoxic was in 1942

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“Hypoxic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypoxic. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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