from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun 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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- noun pathology A sometimes fatal condition resulting from the formation of
nitrogenbubbles in the bloodand 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.
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- noun pain resulting from rapid change in pressure
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