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hyperbaric oxygen therapy


Medical Definition of hyperbaric oxygen therapy

  1. :  therapy used in hyperbaric medicine that involves the administration in a sealed chamber of pure oxygen at a greater than normal atmospheric pressure Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a method of boosting oxygen intake by exposing the athlete to oxygen at a higher than normal atmospheric pressure—picture a space-pod-looking capsule where you sit and breathe a heavy-duty dose of oxygen.—Dana Sullivan, Women's Sports & Fitness, July/August 1999

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