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decompression sickness

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

  • n. A disorder, seen especially in deep-sea divers, caused by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood and tissues following a sudden drop in the surrounding pressure, as when ascending rapidly from a dive, and characterized by severe pains in the joints and chest, skin irritation, cramps, and paralysis.

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  • n. A sometimes fatal condition resulting from the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood and tissues, because of too rapid decompression, seen especially in deep-sea divers ascending rapidly from a dive. It is characterized by severe pains in the joints and chest, skin irritation, cramps, nausea, and paralysis.

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

  • n. pain resulting from rapid change in pressure

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