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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching body tissues.

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  • n. A condition in which tissues (especially the blood) are deprived of an adequate supply of oxygen; anoxia
  • n. A reduced concentration of dissolved oxygen in an aquatic environment.

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  • n. oxygen deficiency causing a very strong drive to correct the deficiency

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Examples

  • Unsuspected obstructive fetal neck masses often prove fatal because of an inability to secure an airway and ventilate the neonate, which results in hypoxia and acidosis.

    Giant Neck Masses (GNM), Cervical Teratoma

  • Any good thing can be harmful -- even something like water -- too much water can be poison its called hypoxia-- too much testing can also be poison.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • The pilot experienced what is known as "hypoxia," and had to return to base.

    FOXNews.com

  • As a result there is reduction of oxygen supply to the body parts, known as hypoxia, which is the main complication in such conditions.

    Zee News : India National

  • The leading culprit is thought to be mega-farms in the Midwest, whose nitrate-filled fertilizers run off into the Mississippi River and spill into the Gulf, where they feed massive algae blooms that starve the ocean of oxygen when they decompose (a process known as hypoxia).

    Chris Kromm: Why the Gulf Oil Disaster Is Far From Over

  • The Redwood City, Calif., company has been testing the treatment, which is activated under a metabolic condition typical of cancer cells known as hypoxia, for other cancers.

    RTI Falls 6.9%; Blyth and Quiksilver Slide

  • In chapter 1, I introduced the concept of cytopathic hypoxia, which is seen in acute sepsis and septic shock, as a model for accelerated aging.

    Forever Young

  • This story shakes me deeply, because it contradicts everything I thought I knew about hypoxia, which is supposed to be -- and has been, according to all the patients I've talked to at my own hospital who've experienced it -- the state in which one feels blissfully at peace, sees the white light, meets previously departed loved ones waiting to usher one onward, and so forth.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • So, he could develop a condition known as hypoxia, just not getting enough oxygen in the blood stream.

    CNN Transcript May 27, 2008

  • All kinds of diseases are basically linked to oxygen starvation, also known as hypoxia, or low oxygen levels.

    Facts about Oxygen

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  • What happens in a jetliner that experiences an explosive cabin depressurization when cruising at high altitude. If you don't get supplemental oxygen ASAP it results in unconsciousness and death (or catatonia). Above 50,000 ft. pilots are required to wear pressure suits (a la the astronauts) because you can't do ANYTHING fast enough to prevent unconsciousness and death. Any course in pilot training has an extensive curriculum on this hazard of aviation. The most notorious modern occurrence of hypoxia was the tragic death of pro golfer Payne Stewart, along with other passengers and crew of a corporate jet that had a slow loss of pressurization coupled with a malfunction in the emergency oxygen system in l999.

    January 6, 2007