nitrogen narcosis

noun

Definition of nitrogen narcosis 

: a state of euphoria and confusion similar to that of alcohol intoxication which occurs when nitrogen in normal air enters the bloodstream at increased pressure (as in deep-water diving)

called also rapture of the deep

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Even experts risk equipment failures, insufficient decompression, and the dangerous confusion induced by nitrogen narcosis. Nick Romeo, National Geographic, "How Archaeologists Discovered 23 Shipwrecks in 22 Days," 11 July 2016

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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nitrogen narcosis

noun

Medical Definition of nitrogen narcosis 

: a state of euphoria and confusion similar to that of alcohol intoxication which occurs when nitrogen in normal air enters the bloodstream at increased partial pressure (as in deepwater diving) divers typically begin to experience the effects of nitrogen narcosis at depths of 100 feet

called also rapture of the deep

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