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[an-ok-see-uh, uh-nok-] /ænˈɒk si ə, əˈnɒk-/
an abnormally low amount of oxygen in the body tissues; hypoxia.
the mental and physical disturbances that occur as a result of hypoxia.
Origin of anoxia
First recorded in 1930-35; an-1 + ox(ygen) + -ia
Related forms
anoxic, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • There they encountered the larvae of the Cetonia, the Oryctes, the anoxia, succulent morsels on which to rear their families.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • Employing our feeble energies in turns, we dig a trench in the sand where I hope to find the anoxia.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • I told myself: When I can't read the numbers any more I'll know my vision is blurring from the beginning of anoxia.

    Last Resort Stephen Bartholomew
  • What must have happened is that the suit ran out of oxygen, and I lost consciousness due to anoxia.

    Accidental Death Peter Baily
  • Hypoxia or anoxia or lack of oxygen could affect his memory.

    Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • There was no cerebral response, that is the pupils remained dilated and fixed; there was evidence of anoxia.

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for anoxia


lack or absence of oxygen
a deficiency of oxygen in tissues and organs Compare hypoxia
Derived Forms
anoxic, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from an- + ox(ygen) + -ia
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anoxia in Medicine

anoxia an·ox·i·a (ān-ŏk'sē-ə, ə-nŏk'-)
The absence or reduced supply of oxygen in inspired gases, arterial blood, or tissues.

an·ox'ic adj.
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