altitude sickness

noun
effects (as nosebleed or nausea) of oxygen deficiency in the blood and tissues at high altitudes
Hypernyms: ↑hypoxia
Hyponyms: ↑mountain sickness

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ˈaltitude sickness 7 [altitude sickness] noun uncountable
illness caused by a lack of ↑oxygen, because of being very high above sea level, for example on a mountain

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • altitude sickness — Pathol. a condition affecting some persons at high altitudes, caused by insufficient oxygen in the blood and characterized by dizziness, nausea, and shortness of breath. [1915 20] * * * or mountain sickness Acute reaction to a change from low… …   Universalium

  • Altitude sickness — 1. Altitude sickness (or altitude illness) is a disorder caused by being at high altitude. It more commonly occurs above 8,000 feet (2,440 meters). The cause of altitude illness is a matter of oxygen physiology. At sea level the concentration of… …   Medical dictionary

  • altitude sickness — mountain sickness the condition that results from unaccustomed exposure to a high altitude (4500 m or more above sea level). Reduced atmospheric pressure and shortage of oxygen cause deep rapid breathing (hyperventilation), which lowers the… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • altitude sickness — noun A pathological condition caused by oxygen deficiency at high altitudes; symptoms include shortness of breath, nausea, and nosebleed. Syn: apoxia, mountain sickness …   Wiktionary

  • altitude sickness — In general, any sickness brought on by exposure to reduced partial pressure of oxygen and barometric pressure …   Aviation dictionary

  • altitude sickness — noun illness caused by ascent to high altitude, characterized by hyperventilation, nausea, and exhaustion resulting from shortage of oxygen …   English new terms dictionary

  • altitude sickness — noun Date: 1920 the effects (as nosebleed or nausea) of oxygen deficiency in the blood and tissues developed at high altitudes having reduced atmospheric pressure …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • altitude sickness — UK / US noun [uncountable] an illness caused by the small amount of oxygen in the air when you are very high up, for example on a mountain …   English dictionary

  • altitude sickness — al′titude sick ness n. pat a disorder associated with the low oxygen content of the atmosphere at high altitudes, in acute conditions resulting in prostration, shortness of breath, and cardiac disturbances …   From formal English to slang

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