altitude sickness

noun Pathology.

a condition affecting some persons at high altitudes, caused by insufficient oxygen in the blood and characterized by dizziness, nausea, and shortness of breath.

Nearby words

  1. altiplano,
  2. altissimo,
  3. altitude,
  4. altitude chamber,
  5. altitude dial,
  6. altitudinal,
  7. altitudinal hemianopsia,
  8. altman,
  9. altman, robert,
  10. altman, sidney

Origin of altitude sickness

First recorded in 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for altitude sickness

altitude sickness


another name for mountain sickness
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Medicine definitions for altitude sickness

altitude sickness



A collection of symptoms, including shortness of breath, nausea, and nosebleed, brought on by decreased oxygen in the atmosphere, such as that encountered at high altitudes.Acosta's disease

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