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

  • n. An abnormal reduction in the oxygen content of the blood.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of anoxaemia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Deficiency of oxygen in the blood. Also anoxyhemia, anoxyhœmia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. abnormally low oxygen content in arterial blood


an- + ox(o)- + -emia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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    February 18, 2009

  • "One physician gave hydrogen peroxide intravenously to twenty-five patients in severe pulmonary distress, believing that it would get oxygen into the blood. Thirteen recovered; twelve died. This physician, too, claimed success: 'The anoxemia was often markedly benefited, and the toxemia appeared to be overcome in many cases.'"
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