oxygen debt

noun

Definition of oxygen debt

: a cumulative deficit of oxygen available for oxidative metabolism that develops during periods of intense bodily activity and must be made good when the body returns to rest

Examples of oxygen debt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And pity the fool who goes out too hard, which is a bad idea in any kind of racing but can result in severe oxygen debt at altitude in snowshoes. John Meyer, The Know, 18 Feb. 2020 But what a beautiful place to run into severe oxygen debt. John Meyer, The Know, 28 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of oxygen debt

1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Oxygen debt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxygen%20debt. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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oxygen debt

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Medical Definition of oxygen debt

: a cumulative deficit of oxygen available for oxidative metabolism that develops during periods of intense bodily activity and must be made good when the body returns to rest

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