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jet lag

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noun
  1. a temporary disruption of the body's normal biological rhythms after high-speed air travel through several time zones.
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Origin of jet lag

First recorded in 1965–70
Related formsjet-lagged, adjective
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  • He was still beat from the cold and the jet-lag, the work and the sheer exhaustion.

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British Dictionary definitions for jet lag

jet lag

noun
  1. a general feeling of fatigue and disorientation often experienced by travellers by jet aircraft who cross several time zones in relatively few hours
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Word Origin and History for jet lag

n.

also jetlag, 1966, from jet (n.2) + lag (n.). Also known in early days as time zone syndrome.

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jet lag in Medicine

jet lag

n.
  1. A temporary disruption of normal circadian rhythm caused by high-speed travel across several time zones typically in a jet aircraft, resulting in fatigue and varied constitutional symptoms.
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Related formsjet-lagged′ adj.
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jet lag in Science

jet lag

  1. A temporary disruption of normal circadian rhythm caused by high-speed travel across several time zones typically in a jet aircraft, resulting in fatigue, disorientation, and disturbed sleep patterns.
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jet lag in Culture

jet lag

A temporary disruption of the body's biological clock experienced by persons who travel across several time zones by airplane. The effects of jet lag, which may include fatigue and irritability, generally disappear after a few days as the body's internal rhythms readjust themselves to the new time frame.

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