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mountain sickness

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noun Pathology.
  1. altitude sickness.

Origin of mountain sickness

First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for mountain sickness

Historical Examples

  • "It's the soroche, the mountain-sickness," explained Professor Ditson.

    The Inca Emerald

    Samuel Scoville

  • The severity of mountain-sickness differs greatly in different localities, apparently not depending entirely on the altitude.

    Inca Land

    Hiram Bingham

  • And how will I manage to tow along this lump of a Pinocchio who is half dead with mountain-sickness?


British Dictionary definitions for mountain sickness

mountain sickness

noun
  1. Also called: altitude sickness nausea, headache, and shortness of breath caused by climbing to high altitudes (usually above 12 000 ft)
  2. vet science a disease of cattle kept at high altitude in S and N America, characterized by congestive heart failure
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mountain sickness in Medicine

mountain sickness

([object Object])
n.
  1. Altitude sickness brought on by the diminished oxygen pressure at mountain elevations.
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